Noted hockey stats man Tyler Dellow spun some numbers on the proposals over the weekend along these lines and ultimately determined that "we’re talking about an awfully small difference on the team level" that amounts to as little as $2.7-million a season.
I agree with Quinn on this point. He's spot on and this league spends way too much time worrying about reducing costs and not enough on improving the product or increasing revenues. For all I know when this returns, GPG is gonna continue to drop and be closer to 5 than it is to 6.
""As far as I can tell there has been no energy devoted in these negotiations to figuring out how to improve the game," Quinn said. "To me, the quality of the game and how it's played and how much entertainment it provides is the thing that makes everybody money. And it's the only thing that makes everybody money. And the people that are given the responsibility for running this game -- both sides -- have not been able to spend enough time on it. To me, that's the greatest tragedy of the whole thing."
I don't really care who gets what % as long as the returning product is improved and they don't even seem to be working on that and likely won't until the summer and only if the whole season gets cancelled like the last time.
Jiggy deflected this question in the last thread so I'll ask it again:
Many NHL teams are losing money, which means they have to cut costs. What costs do you (or any pro-NHLPA poster) suggest they cut if they aren't allowed to cut player's salaries?
If the Winter Classic is cancelled, I say Bettman gets fired. The owners are posturing but the league cannot afford to lose the Classic. Hockey is DONE in the US if they lose the momentum they started there.
"This is a standard approach, I think it was done in the NBA in the same way," Fehr told ESPN.com Thursday. "Review the history here: they make a proposal, it's essentially a take it or leave it, we respond on the core economics, they take 10 minutes and say no. They tell all the players if we're agreeable to everything except the Make Whole (provision), including all the stuff that's in there, I can give Gary a telephone call. And then we have made several efforts, including yesterday, to say we're prepared to sit down and negotiate with no pre-conditions. They essentially said 'No.'
"It takes two to negotiate. They seem to be really good at imposing deadlines and issuing ultimatums and having lockouts. It seems to be something they're well-practiced at."
Proskauer Rose scripted lockout.
I'm not sure why anyone of us check in, to be honest. We just check the dates of the NBA offers.
The can prepare all they want - it isn't happening.
The NHLPA feels like that gave up massive concessions last time, and now the owners want MORE.
They aren't going to just say "Yes Sir".
With Fehr in the drivers seat, they'll stand pat for an entire year, and we'll lose the season.
This Lockout comes down to the last Lockout and CBA. The NHLPA pretty much blew up last time around, and the players feel they got taken to the cleaners.
That won't happen this time around.
We'll lose a season. This will be made official when the Winter Classic enters the chopping block. The owners will get fed up, and end the entire season.
Their paychecks doubled in six years (from a whole lot more than any of us would ever make to a whole lot more than any of us would ever make x 2). Any 'whoa is me', or 'we're being treated like animals' statements lose 100% of their credibility in face of that fact.