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01-07-2013, 11:29 PM
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To be honest the PA got a better deal than I expected they would, and as much as I was anti-PA through the last couple months of this process, the concessions they got are absolutely important ones. More than anything, the deal they got provides more flexibility for individual players in addition to things like pension and make whole to go out and sign the deals that suit them, even if as a whole they all get a bottom line of 50% collectively.

IDK, it seems like 7 years vs 5 is a small concessions but two 7 year deals are almost the same length of time as three 5 year deals. Job security and security in where you're going to live for the next 7 years IS important.

I do think that the main problem though is that the PA could probably have gotten these concessions earlier if they had been willing to work within the NHL framework rather than constantly demanding guaranteed raises and delinkage.

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