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01-04-2013, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Freudian View Post
And those things could have been negotiated upon in October, had Fehr been interested in negotiating. By not even trying to negotiate to save an 82 game season we have no idea what the players could have gotten when it comes to contracting.
Exactly. This is the primary reason why I put the blame solely on Don Fehr when we start assessing blame. The players have lost way more in lost salary than they have gained by fighting this long. They could have started negotiating earlier and hammered out a deal that gave them more than what they're going to get now, net of what they're losing during the lockout. The only way what they've done makes any sense is if they never wanted a deal and the real goal all along was to disclaim in order to gain what they believe will be a lot of leverage and the ability to open up things like the salary cap, etc., which is such a risky proposition.

The players are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Fehr is doing a masterful job of getting the players to respond emotionally to every perceived slight by the owners, in order to consolidate his power and continue to push his agenda.

I really hope Bettman cancels the season this weekend and the NHLPA disclaims, so we can get this thing moving toward some sort of resolution and Fehr can turn it over the litigators and go home.

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