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12-30-2012, 02:11 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
One thing I know for sure is that no matter what the NHL proposes the NHLPA will counter with another. It doesn't matter if this is at the negotiation table or as part of an official submission. It is the only way the Donald Fehr can claim that he got the best deal possible. If the offer is a tweak off of the NHL's last proposal and the NHL can live with it they'll take the deal. The tons of money already lost by the average Joe current player (and even many lost / shortened careers) will never be recovered but the Fehr bros. can claim a victory to pad their resume.
At one point in late October or early last month, the players could have had an 82 game schedule with little to no real money lost to current signed players but for the sake of a few contract period adjustments that mostly only affect elite current or future players they forfeited at least 1/2 of a season so far and potentially a future 50% share of reduced revenue caused by the extended lockout.
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