What if Fehr's plan is to decertify at the last possible moment?
Makes sense to me. Its actually quite genius (from his and the player's point of view.)
Hasn't given a take it or leave it ultimatum once, has called in mediators several times, harks about the NHLPA's willingness to negotiate. That's going to deter a lot of the blame from the players in the public court of opinion.
Now think about where the NHL will be right before it has to cancel the season. They will give their best offer, in their opinion to the players. At that point, I would say many of them will have transitioned from delusional to dare I say it worried.
And let's say the deal offered is either still unfair or somehow still does not sit well with the NHLPA. They would have 0 time to negotiate. Now if you think about this from the owners perspective, another lost season would be downright disastrous, not that whats going on already isn't. They would lose sponsorships, they would lose networks, and most importantly they would lose fans. It's hard to recoup after 1 lockout, 2 in a row is a death sentence.
Now lets say they offer their best deal, which is at best fair, and the players reject AND decertify (thus meaning that it will be a long drawn out battle in the courts and essentially forcing a cancelled season)... I wouldn't be surprised to see a lopsided last minute offer by the NHL in favor of the players to avoid that whole ordeal, similar to NBA lockout last year.
Subban has half the personality problems of Avery and is twice the hockey player. Not the reaction I expected.
I'd take him every day of the week. Just not for that ludicrous package the other guy proposed (MDZ/Miller/Skjei/1st). I wouldn't do MDZ for Subban straight up, let alone adding the equivalent of three firsts.
OK, I'm done talking about Subban in the Lockout Thread. LOL.