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12-24-2012, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Bob View Post
This is how unions work.
If you don't like it, go play in the AHL for the rest of your life.

There's a reason why NHL players have so much. They can thank the PA for that.
Sure, and when someone like Derek MacKenzie is getting bent over because the PA is more interested in protecting the extremely small percentage at the top, is that ethical?

Quick rundown on MacKenzie, who I regard as "the typical NHLer".
- Drafted in 1999 by Atlanta
- Played two more years in the OHL
- Played primarily in the AHL over then ensuing years
- Signed as a Group VI free agent by Columbus (at age 26) to a one-year, two-way deal
- Signed the next year to a two-year, two-way deal
- Signed after that to a two-year, two-way deal

This past summer, he was signed for the first time in his life to a one-way deal (also for two years). He's 31, currently locked out, and can't play anywhere else. He's sitting at home, and will lose 50% of his salary over the span of this contract because the PA has made a much lesser pay cut (and deferment) their "hill to die on".

There are probably 200 or so NHL players like Derek MacKenzie, and another 200-300 who aren't too far off. These are the guys to whom "max contracts" do not and will never apply to, and to whom several issues the NHLPA has branded as "vital" will never apply to. But they're not interested in that; the handful of players who could receive max-length contracts take priority over the massive numbers who couldn't. That's not what a union is supposed to be. A union is supposed to involve protecting the little guy from being trampled, not be a party to trampling in order to placate their own most highly-paid guys.

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