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12-21-2012, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Freudian View Post
You can find quotes today from Winnik (who is on the negotiating committee) that it's to get negotiations going. Kessel saying that since it worked for NBA and NFL he's hoping it would work here.

The players aren't looking at this as a nuclear option. No quote over several months seems to suggest this. They view it just as something that will get them leverage in the negotiations.
Yes, there have been several quotes that suggest players are thinking of the DOI as a way to push for a quicker deal... but I wouldn't say "no quote seems to suggest" players looking at a completely different system:

"Guys are going to be pretty highly in favor of it," Horcoff told ESPN The Magazine. "I’ve been in conference calls with 200-300 players. We just feel at this point the union has done everything they can for us and we’re not getting anywhere. It’s time for us to go in a different direction." http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/i...claimer-coming

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