I don't know why you continue to believe what journalists are reporting. Bettman had a huge win sewn up here - the question is, how much does he want this win? Fehr's going to see how much he wanted it. Because right now what's leaked out about the deal the players were going to sign, everything about it sucks relative to the last CBA. Why should the union take that deal other than 'we want/need to play?'
So when Fehr's constantly late for meetings, doesn't propose real offers and finds a million ways to stall that's constructive to getting a deal done?
The NHL wants a deal now, the players themselves thought all along the best deal would come in December...well now it's December and they're still stalling, to what exactly? The deal's not getting any better, the only things that have changed since the October proposal are leaving the FA age and arbitration untouched and offering more make whole money over a longer term.
The only way this deal gets better after this weekend is if this goes nuclear into the courts with decertification and whatever else they want to try. It's not getting better in a negotiation. 50/50 is still similar/better than what other major sports get. FA at 27 is the best of the four major sports if I'm not mistaken. Even the contract limits are still better than the NBA (4/5 compared to 5/7) and NFL's non-guaranteed deals. If they want to cry poverty they're only going to make it worse for themselves PR-wise and in the final deal when it's all said and done.
Fehr wants a MLB-like system, the owners want an NBA-like system. The only way Fehr's going to win that battle is in the courts, and that's if the union doesn't off him first.
Edited by NJDevs4978, 06 December 2012 - 05:46 PM.