What other choice does he have? The NHL gave them another take-it-or-leave-it proposal and they say they are done negotiating. Both sides know the Owners won't cancel the season given how close the sides actually are, so why not wait until the drop-dead date (whenever that is) and see if the Owners bend a little on their current demands.
Pretty much bang on, IMO. The NHL took its last shot at dividing the players in last weeks' orchestrated performance by Bettman and the owners. At this point both sides pretty much know that neither side is going to cave so we are stuck waiting until the final day they have in mind. Whatever that may be.
You're right, though that's a detail and I knew it. I simply picked a poor player example. But the spirit of my post remains the same. Seguin is young enough to sign a 10 year deal, and he ought to be able to do it.
I see this more principally though. I hate the idea of adding regulation into any marketplace, regardless of whether it's obviously not a free market. This contract limit issue is being pushed by owners to help them govern themselves. Big market profiteers like Jacobs don't want to increase revenue share much, or worse yet, bail out smaller teams who have no option but to guarantee long-term deals in order to match compete with offers from big-market teams.
I'll ask the same questions I posed before:
Why can't the owners allow teams to pay salary in trade? Or trade prospects ofr cap space? Why not opt for measures like this to help bail out teams rather than unilaterally impose regulation that adversely affects players?
Both sides have already agreed to trading salary but it is limited to 4 million per team.