I understand the NHLPA’s stance – basically the majority of the members are working under apparently incompetent management. I’ve ALWAYS believed that. That’s why despite making boatloads of money there were serious morale issues on most teams. I don’t think this is about the money for the players at all. Most are pretty miserable in this shoddy league which seems to be all about infighting between owners.
So, how is this CBA going to change anything aside from remove the potential for a player to make a nice sum of money? What improves the situation for the players? What are they getting in return for these concession? Well they have a four year out… it’s going to take time to improve things no matter how you slice it. There is no way to guarentee change -- if there is then the players should work on how not just catagorically shout that the onus is on the league. That's not a group with a solution -- that's not a group working to negotiate even remotely.
Anyhow- the NHLPA has not articulated that fear clearly enough. This is Goodenow’s failing – he’s sending out a stupid pig-headed message which sadly is based on a very difficult and very valid point. Bettman has been very clear cut, never made it personal to the players always took accountability. The guy does NOT have any obligation to say “THIS IS NOT FAIR” and yet he all but has. His message is clear – This is the best we’ve got for you guys- come back with better and we’ll work with you. A salary roll back is NOT better we ALL know that. Goodenow HAS to come back with better – he’s got to get rid of all the animosity and lay out his issues. The NHLPA HAS to find a way to publicly acknowledge the players responsibility to revenue generation while delineating itself from the poor management that abounds in the league.
Goodenow’s waiting 5 fecking years to think this through just blows my mind. He’s COASTED. He’s done NOTHING!!! How ANYONE can say Bettman is inferior to Goodenow is beyond me! Goodenow had ALL THIS TIME to come up with different ways players can participate in the betterment of the league and he did NOTHING. His whole plan appears to have been “the league will cave just like they did last time” He is SO far over his head it’s not even amusing. He should have been training his player board he should have made sure he had SMART ARTICULATE people in there. I have seen NO…ZERO… NADA proactive thinking from Goodenow and the NHLPA. And given the extraordinary circumstances we have here he should have been doing this… he could start OUT with the that’s not our responsibility card but HAD to have the plan to work this situation to the unions advantage. I mean WOW has he screwed the pooch on this one.
Edited by Darwindog, 03 February 2005 - 12:46 PM.