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12-28-2012, 11:57 AM
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Jarick
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Originally Posted by Dr Jan Itor View Post
I don't believe those two things are as directly related as you seem to. My criticism will continue to be the people who have cost us a half a season (and counting) over relatively trivial things.
That's not how negotiations work unfortunately. Neither side was going to come out and propose a "final" agreement from the start. They would have no wiggle room in negotiations from there.

Clearly both sides were willing to sacrifice half a season to get the best deal they could for themselves. Otherwise the NHL would have negotiated from the PA's counter-offers without "take-it-or-leave-it" and the PA would not have de-linked salaries and used so many stall tactics.

I think the only legitimate attempt to get a deal done was when Bettman still tried to get an 82 game season before Nov 2nd. He made some movement in hopes the players would take a full season's salary but they didn't bite.

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