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12-19-2012, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by brainfreeze View Post
I'm not as upset as the players seemed to be with the NHL's initial offer. Mainly because I don't believe that a Don Fehr led NHLPA would have acted any differently than they have so far with any offer short of a 50/50 starting point.
you were plenty clear, and yes the outrage by the players was a little overboard considering everyone knows when bartering something that large the gap between initial offers is generally going to be large. The owners offer was crazy, but the PA didn't even bother to make a comprehensive counter-offer until the owners had softened considerably. both sides are right in claiming "they've given a lot of ground" but they're referencing different starting points: the players have given from the last CBA, the owners have given in the negotiations.

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