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01-04-2013, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Bourne Endeavor View Post
Not necessarily. The NHL could merely fold those teams and render a number of players out of a job. Relocation attaches is a costly venture, and not one to be taken lightly. The PA is walking on thin ice if they hope to pressure the league in this manner. Personally, I believe any possibility of the DOI not being thrown out of court was lost the moment they allowed the original to expire. How do they convince a judge it was nothing more than a negotiation ploy when they only ever bring it up to strong arm the owners?

The DOI has never been brought up to the owners. Nor has it been discussed in public by the PA (the considerations of). Fehr has kept it internal... for now.

Actually, I have the opposite feeling of how the courts will view a DOI now that the original Jan 2nd deadline passed. Fehr was shown to operate in good faith, with a mediator present. Now that the NHL has again withdrawn, and a second vote occurring, this one has a much better chance to succeed in the courts. An attempt was tried by Fehr. He forwent the DOI in favour of further negotiation. But now, it's back on the table because of the NHL's latest attempt to change the language of the CBA, and their latest withdrawal from the table. So the DOI has much more legitimacy in the eyes of the law.

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