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01-02-2013, 05:32 PM
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The NHL started off so far away from reality in their initial offer that the NHLPA (Fehr) saw the writing on the wall, and knew exactly how things would pan out and exactly how he and the NHLPA would have to act. To think that Bettman and the owners would be closer to a more favorable deal right now if only the NHLPA offered more formal deals at a faster pace is naive. Owners came in with an idea that they could push the NHLPA around again, and if anything a delay would hurt players more. Players simply made a decision to go whatever distance necessary this time around. It might not be the most "right" or "fair" economic outlook that they have, but from their perspective this was about emotion and pride as much as money. You can't reason or negotiate past that, but I think the owners totally ignored or under-estimated those factors. Or, owners just wanted to roll the dice and see how long THEY could push things in order to get the best deal for THEM.
Whether it's pure greed or a misguided view of what's "fair", both sides share responsibility for still having no hockey on Jan. 2nd. As far as having a realistic outlook on where a potential deal would end up on the scale between the owners end and the players end, I think the owners came in with totally unrealistic aspirations fueled by the cakewalk they enjoyed in 2005. IMO that was huge mistake.
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