I think Fehr brought negotiations to this point. Fehr knew he wasn't going to get the best offer(ignoring wages lost, which is a huge thing that Fehr doesn't care about) until the season was on the line. Fehr's BS proposals and media grandstanding seem obviously designed to delay and derail negotiations and so here we are. The players probably would have made more money for themselves if they had hardcore negotiated a CBA around when the season was supposed to start, but the players, and so Fehr, want to emotionally win this negotiation and the actual $$$ being made or lost were inconsequential to those emotions.
IMO, The owners wanted a deal that would have left both sides with more money than whatever they will negotiate now. Fehr wanted this to be the situation because he sees it as getting the best deal for the NHLPA written, ignoring overall income to the players.
If players negotiated this way, for their wages only, they'd be way worse off now than they actually are. Fehr, having run a union for 25 years, understands this principle perfectly. In fact, players in the 90s probably 'lost' relative to what they would've had under a cap, but now what's the average MLB salary? $5M? It's very high, and it's because he fought against a salary cap, and MLB is a healthy league with a healthy, unbent union.
If the league wants a 10 year CBA, and I find it hard to believe they haven't wanted that all along, it makes sense for the union to drag their feet on every issue because it will affect players who are 12 years old now.
Again - find me where the league gave something to the players that they didn't have before, and I'll say 'oh okay maybe they were fools to hold out this long'
Funny how 57-43 gets seen as such an 'insult' when that's exactly the mirror of how the last CBA ended. I guess what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander.
57-43 was just a convenient excuse, the PA would have found another reason to wage war, a war that in fact started when realignment was blocked for no other real reason.
Hahaha. 43% is an enormous insult. I have no idea why you think 57% is fair, much less 43%. Ideally, percentages like this wouldn't be set at all, but NHL owners and GMs are too stupid to operate under such a system.
I would tell the players your expansion benefit is another 22 or so NHLPA jobs.
Why does the NHLPA want or care about 22 minimum salary jobs versus getting a piece of the league opening itself up, thereby creating the very conditions which cause the league to have to lock itself out in order to get a CBA that all the owners can tolerate?