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01-06-2013, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleach Clean View Post
History _could_ repeat itself. On the surface of the deal right now though, the players lost.
The PA lost in comparison to the last deal, I agree, the players gave some ground.

The PA won in comparison to their relative bargaining positions going into this week. The NHL caved on far more negotiating points than the PA did. The final deal was far closer to the PA's position all along than Bettman's laughable initial offer. 50/50 instead of 43/57, so far no reported change in ELC's, UFA eligibility age. We'll have to see what happened with arbitration, but if it's the status quo that's a huge win for RFA players.

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