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Enough Of The CBA Talk

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Wake me when it’s over.

That’s how most fans probably feel about the latest squabble between the NHL and the players’ union. They’re fed up.

Don’t talk to them about revenue sharing or salary rollbacks. Don’t tell them one side is being greedy and the other unreasonable. They don’t want to hear it. Not after what happened last time.

In 2004-05, a full season of a hockey was wiped out because of an unwillingness to introduce the salary cap. Eight years later, the existence of the salary cap is not even an issue anymore. Instead, a debate over relative shares of hockey-related revenues could threaten the season from starting. It could be about midi-chlorian counts and magic beans, for all fans care.

All that matters is that it appears we are going to lose more games. How many? It’s hard to say yet, but the doomsday preppers are already planning for the worst.


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I’m sick of the assertion that both sides will be equally to blame, or that fans should just stick our heads in the sand and wait until this is resolved.  Fans deserve to know whats going on here.  If there is no hockey, or the season is delayed, Gary Bettman and the Owners bear all the responsibility. 

The owners got everything they wanted last time, and then failed to make that system work. Then they started this round of negotiations by making completely ridiculous demands that they had to know had little chance of being taken seriously by the NHLPA. 

The players are offering even more concessions, and have clearly indicated that they would continue playing under the current CBA while negotiating the next one.  They have never in anyway threatened to strike or delay the start of the season.

Posted by jwad on 08/17/12 at 11:29 AM ET

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The owners got everything they wanted last time, and then failed to make that system work.

This sums up why I can ‘pick a side’ this time, and frankly why I don’t need or want to read anymore about these ridiculous negotiations. 

The NHL (owners) want what they want, will lock out the players if they don’t get it, and they know that most hockey fans are diehards and will come back with money in hand.

I will, and I hate myself for it!

Posted by starsfan26 on 08/17/12 at 12:07 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

It could be about midi-chlorian counts and magic beans, for all fans care.

Yup.  Tell me what to think.  Or, in this case, not to think at all.
Way to put your complete lack of intelligence on display.
The “new Star Wars” reference tells you all you need to know about where this “journalist’s” head is at.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 08/17/12 at 02:09 PM ET

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jwad said exactly what I was thinking, too. The NHLPA is working in good faith while the revenue rich owners are demanding more. How little the owners’ attitudes have changed since Ted Lindsay attempted to form the first NHLPA.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/17/12 at 02:16 PM ET

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