NHL Lockout Discussion XLV: Heard It Through The Grapevine....
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01-05-2013, 07:53 AM
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True. I think part of the problem is the 'hockey player culture'. If Fehr continues to somehow convince them that this fight is about integrity and protecting the future of the game, the pride of the players will have them fight to the end even thought it is not to their individual benefit anymore.
This is spot on. The question is why, after 20 years of running the NHL, doesn't Bettman understand that he is negotiating against this mindset and deal with the players in these negotiations in a less condescending, paternalistic and pedantic manner. Hockey players are all about respect and no BS -- Bettman seems utterly clueless about the degree to which his manner and posture needlessly antagonizes (and galvanizes) the players, particularly in light of previous negotiations.
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