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01-02-2013, 12:38 PM
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What is interesting now are the internal and external pressures in play that are driving the two sides to get a CBA done. There’s the pressing timeline of course – to save the season a deal needs to be in place probably within 2 weeks at the latest. The NHL and Bettman, apparently are being pressured from at least two fronts: the sponsors and NBC… and of course Bettman himself from the owners that he represents. Fehr, surely must be feeling it as well. He has the pending “disclaimer of interest” which no one wants … and the players will be pressing him to get the best deal now. Bettman and Fehr are still in a cat and mouse game and that will likely continue well into today and possibly for another week or more … but it seems both are finally ready to negotiate after months of posturing (from both) . The way I see it, the absence of leaks to the press is part of the process to save face for both of these guys. Pretty pathetic really, what they’ve put the fan base through, with their respective egos in full view.

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