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Lockout 2012-2013 (Hockey's back!)

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  1. 1. When will we see hockey?

    • Oct 12
      10
    • Nov 12
      19
    • Dec 12
      26
    • Jan 13
      33
    • Feb 13
      1
    • Mar 13
      0
    • Apr 13
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. Yeah Has, but if we've learned anything over the years when it comes to the NHL, it's this: expect the worst, and it expect it to defy common sense and logic. At least, that's what I've learned lol.

Oh and Clarkson's at the meeting. Wonder if he'll fall down walking into the conference room. :P

I'm expecting the worst too, just saying there's nothing new to base that on yet, other than well deserved skepticism based on Fehr's history.

The irony about Clarkson is he's probably one of the few sincere guys in the room, Iginla being another. I worry that yahoos like Toews and Jeremy Jacobs might shout down the moderates.

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Well I'm optimistic at least. They are far apart in terms of money/escrow. But the other structural issues do not sound like major hurdles. I think a deal within two weeks is a very real possibility.

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Mathieu Dandenault: NHLPA offering 4 different proposals, each includes some sort of 50-50 offer.

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Mathieu Dandenault: NHLPA offering 4 different proposals, each includes some sort of 50-50 offer.
. Well, that SOUNDS good... Let's hope for the best.

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Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun Bettman confirms NHLPA made three counter proposals. Says none of them "even began to approach 50-50." Not encouraged

Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun Bettman calls it a "step backward."

Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun "I am to say the least totally disappointed." - Bettman

Sigh. :argh:

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I was on the PA's side but they clearly don't care to really get a deal done.. Screw the players

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Wonder how the shills for the PA will explain this one.

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"I wish I had better news." - Gary Bettman

4976284910_2669966a5a.jpg - Me

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And I rest my case. Don Fehr will fvck this process into outer space.

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And I rest my case. Don Fehr will fvck this process into outer space.

Of course he will.

Plus when I saw which players were attending and were speaking on behalf of the players, I knew this was fvcked from the beginning. They represent the players who are not exactly the "rank and file" of the PA.

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Well that figures, last time the owners wanted to destroy the game to win, now the players do. They can all **** themselves.

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The players just can't win this. They need to realize this- and fast

Fehr didn't make billions of dollars for baseball players by caring about the sport or conceding on anything. And obviously hockey players want to extract vengeance for the last CBA.

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Of course he will.

Plus when I saw which players were attending and were speaking on behalf of the players, I knew this was fvcked from the beginning. They represent the players who are not exactly the "rank and file" of the PA.

. Well, they made their bed. They may be arrogant to think there won't be serious long-term damage, but there will be this time around. It should be interesting to watch both sides beg for our forgiveness (again) after they eventually reach a deal, because I really think there are serious hockey fans that may not come back. Some people will have just had enough, and I really can't blame them.

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I was angry at the owners before. Now, I'm furious at the players. It was pretty much acknowledged by everyone that the owners' 50/50 offer was close to their end-game, and that offering it so early in the process was meant to be a launching point that both sides could use towards ending the lockout without too much damage being done. In my opinion, the players committed a major faux pas today by essentially biting off the hand which was holding a nice juicy steak for them. It's ridiculous and it shows blatant disregard by the PA towards the fans of the sport, and of the sport itself. If the players care so much about their money that they are unwilling to see sense and try to work with the owners after they made a goodwill gesture, then I'm not too sure I want to keep supporting them.

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In a matter of 2 days, NHL just won the PR battle, wow.

They did, but any reasonable observer should conclude that they were trying to do that, which makes a person think about their motives all along. The players didn't win a PR battle in baseball, did they? Absolutely not - but they avoided a salary cap and made a lot more $.

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I'd find it amusing (if it weren't so frustrating) that the players are so stuck up about losing 7 percent of money this year, they're going to lose 100 percent of it and have a smaller pie to fight about in 2013 when and if they come back. Bisonette and the other players better shut off their twitter for the next twelve months or so.

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Fehr didn't make billions of dollars for baseball players by caring about the sport or conceding on anything. And obviously hockey players want to extract vengeance for the last CBA.

That's all fine and dandy, but the fact remains that the most recent NHL offer will probably be the best they put forth. If the PA doesn't accept it or at least negotiate with it as a guideline, they will ultimately get less

Edit- unless sponsors pressure the league to get a deal done, which may be what the players are holding out hope for

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I was angry at the owners before. Now, I'm furious at the players. It was pretty much acknowledged by everyone that the owners' 50/50 offer was close to their end-game, and that offering it so early in the process was a means to end the lockout without too much damage being done. In my opinion, the players committed a major faux pas today by essentially biting off the hand which was holding a nice juicy steak for them. It's ridiculous and it shows blatant disregard by the PA towards the fans of the sport, and of the sport itself. If the players care so much about their money that they are unwilling to see sense and try to work with the owners after they made a goodwill gesture, then I'm not too sure I want to keep supporting them.

So early in the process? It's mid-October. Early in the process would've been September.

You're asking people who rarely hear the word no off the rink take paycuts when the NHL is at record revenues. Neither side was ever truly serious about an 82 game season, but the owners certainly weren't. Saying this latest offer is close to end-game assumes the owners think they have nothing to lose by canceling a season, and I'm not sure I buy that.

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. Well, they made their bed. They may be arrogant to think there won't be serious long-term damage, but there will be this time around. It should be interesting to watch both sides beg for our forgiveness (again) after they eventually reach a deal, because I really think there are serious hockey fans that may not come back. Some people will have just had enough, and I really can't blame them.

I might be one of them that cancels season tickets if we miss an entire season. I'm tired of this bullsh!t.

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the nhl has the PR upper hand right now - the NHLPA has to release their offers to show their side and then it'll go right back to them.

that anyone thinks the owners' proposal was "fair" means that you're just not paying attention and are taking the "you're playing a game for a living for more money that most people make in their careers. you players work for me, the fan" standpoint.

players know they're taking a haircut and their's nothing they can do about it. they're trying to limit how much of their existing contracts get cut and giving them an opportunity to make more when their contracts are done. the previous analogy i gave with kovalchuk and larsson still holds, so the larsson's of the league have a voice. but the merril's have none and the players will sell those guys up the river to help themselves.

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So early in the process? It's mid-October. Early in the process would've been September.

You're asking people who rarely hear the word no off the rink take paycuts when the NHL is at record revenues. Neither side was ever truly serious about an 82 game season, but the owners certainly weren't. Saying this latest offer is close to end-game assumes the owners think they have nothing to lose by canceling a season, and I'm not sure I buy that.

I don't think anyone expected there to be absolutely no days lost, so saying September would have been early is a little unrealistic. When we can still salvage an 82 game season, I call that early. In the last lockout, these sorts of offers weren't made for another 6 months.

And your second statement about asking players who rarely hear no to take paycuts when the NHL is at record revenues just shows how out of touch the players are with reality. The owners aren't lying when they say that most teams can't make money and that the current system is unsustainable. By offering the 50/50 deal, the owners put a lot of their cards out on the table, and I think they expected the same from the players. The 50/50 offer was in no way great for the players, but it was a legitimate starting point for serious negotiations. For the players to essentially spit on that shows a lack of willingness from the players to settle on a reasonable deal that can work for both sides. That's not how you do negotiations when something really matters to you (ie, your fans and the sport you play).

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