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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

If Bettman and Fehr legitimately understand anything about the ethic of the game, then they know about the aforementioned price of failure too.

Fail too often, and especially fail too often in the big moment, and soon enough, somebody else will get their turn.

It’s a ruthless, but fair system, when the stakes are so high. Real hockey people would know the rules going in, and accept them for what they are.

So a modest proposal that echoes comments made by the Florida Panthers’ Kris Versteeg about Bettman and the Washington Capitals’ Roman Hamrlik about Fehr and their respective job futures this past week:

If the two leaders are ultimately unable to come to terms on a new CBA in time to save the 2012-13 season, then both should immediately resign from their respective positions when the cancellation becomes official.

And more importantly, they should pledge their willingness to do so, publicly, now, in the third week of November, before all hope is lost.

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Savage Henry's avatar

Fehr ought to resign.  Bettman, who’s responsible for his third lockout, ought to commit ritual suicide.

Posted by Savage Henry on 11/23/12 at 05:52 PM ET

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Of course, when you’re talking about men with egos the size of Bettman’s and Fehr’s, resigning is the last thing they’d ever think of.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 11/23/12 at 06:04 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

I totally agree with SH

Let’s Go Red wings !!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 11/23/12 at 06:05 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Are you kidding?

These two egomaniacs are having the times of their lives right now. In their minds, they are at the zenith of their careers, and solidifying their status as the greatest professional league commish / player rep in history.

It’s comical to watch, it just sucks they had to make complete asses of themselves with our sport.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/23/12 at 06:13 PM ET

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The problem with this article is that the writer assumes a different definition of success and failure than what the NHL and NHLPA has.

He assumes that the loss of hockey games is a point of failure in either the NHL’s or the NHLPA’s outlook.

It’s not.

For both sides the absence of hockey and whatever agita that causes fans is merely a tool to be used in their quest to secure the best possible deal for their side.

If playing was the most important thing the NHL could have just rolled over months ago and re-upped the last, idiotic, CBA.

If plying was the most important thing the NHLPA could have taken any of the NHL’s first 6 or 7 offers.

If Bettman secures a new CBA that makes owners more money over it’s term than they would have made under the last (again, idiotic) CBA he won;t be asked to resign by owners… he’ll be applauded by them.  He will have served as the fall guy, the public target of anger and hatred from gullible fans and clueless players, and not only will he have aided the owners in making millions of dollars, but he will have done so while allowing them to maintain their general possession of benevolent public images.

If Fehr is able to humiliate Bettman in whatever manner the NHLPA seems to want, even if that costs a whole seasons worth of games, he won’t be asked to resign by the NHLPA… he’ll be applauded by them.

Never make the mistake of thinking either the owners or the players share your set of values.  They most demonstrably do not.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/23/12 at 06:13 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/23/12 at 05:13 PM ET


Zenith of Fehr’s career??? the NHL is a Fart in an EF5 Tornado compared to MLB

Posted by Evilpens on 11/23/12 at 09:26 PM ET

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Zenith of Fehr’s career??? the NHL is a Fart in an EF5 Tornado compared to MLB

But if he manages to take down the NHL, he will accomplish something he could not do with MLB.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/23/12 at 10:03 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/23/12 at 09:03 PM ET

Fehr was the head of the MLBPA when the World series was cancelled

Posted by Evilpens on 11/24/12 at 09:48 AM ET

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Fehr was the head of the MLBPA when the World series was cancelled

Yes he was.

And I would bet he will consider forcing the NHL to cancel an entire season as a larger feather in his cap than canceling a World Series:

One affected two teams; the other will affect 30 teams

One dealt with a few million dollars; the other deals with a few billion dollars

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/24/12 at 10:24 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

MLBPA association went on strike during the season & cost them the season too, I love hockey as much if not more than you but to compare the MLBPA striking & cancelling a good chunk of the season & WS compared to the NHL is stunningly naive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994–95_Major_League_Baseball_strike 

Posted by Evilpens on 11/24/12 at 10:51 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

“Stunningly naive”

Love your hyperbole, and how you become personally insulted if someone holds a different view than you.

And, you used Wiki as a source. That is stunningly comical smile

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/24/12 at 10:56 AM ET

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the strike involved all MLB teams from Aug. 12 &  MLB is huge compared to NHL

Posted by Evilpens on 11/24/12 at 11:02 AM ET

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first league to have it’s postseason cancelled

Posted by Evilpens on 11/24/12 at 11:07 AM ET

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“From Aug 12”

The MLB season starts in early-April. The season was 2/3 over when the strike occurred. Again, you are talking about cancelling a full season worth 3 billion dollars, or 1/3 of a season that was worth approximately 300 million (MLB made 1.2 billion in 1994, according to ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1856626)

Even in today’s money, Fehr cost the MLB 450 million dollars in 1994. He will cost the NHL over 3 billion. The chunk he took out of baseball is 1/7 of the fiscal damage that could be done to the NHL.

I don’t care which sport draws the most viewers, I don’t care if Americans murmur “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet” ad naseum (as if those things really represented Americana today…it’s more like “football, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and Ford”)

What is being compared is the amount of damage done to the league in financial terms.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/24/12 at 11:15 AM ET

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300 million (MLB made 1.2 billion in 1994, according to ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1856626)

Made a mistake, it would be around 400 million, or 600 million with inflation considered.

Still, 1/5 of the fiscal damage that would happen to the NHL.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/24/12 at 11:17 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

& again the NHL is a FART in an EF5 tornado to most people

Posted by Evilpens on 11/24/12 at 11:19 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

& again the NHL is a FART in an EF5 tornado to most people

Thank you for admitting you cannot refute the fiscal damage to the NHL will be much greater.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/24/12 at 11:22 AM ET

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No it’s fact if you think that their is any semblance of comparison between MLB calling a season & world seies & the NHL cancelling a season & SC you just are clueless! sorry for the “Hyperbole” but it’s true. now in Canada is NHL BIGGER news than Baseball Possibly But in the States No comparison. The reason that Fehr “retired” as MLBPA head is he had gotten everything that he could get from MLB & Owners That was His"Pinnacle”. Now could he add to his Legacy with the NHL ?? yes But again most Americans don’t care about the NHL lockout

Posted by Evilpens on 11/24/12 at 11:28 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I wonder how much better off MLB is for not having a work stoppage every 7-8 years.

If you haven’t been an MLB fan since 1994, I hate to break it to you, but MLB doesn’t miss you in the slightest.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/24/12 at 11:29 AM ET

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No it’s fact if you think that their is any semblance of comparison between MLB calling a season & world seies & the NHL cancelling a season & SC you just are clueless!

I won’t drag this on anymore, because this is the point where you get angry and loud, and I know your mother is tired of yelling down the basement for you to keep it down.

The fact remains this was always about the amount of fiscal damage Fehr can cause; and last time I checked 3 billion was bigger than 600 million. Any rational person can s ...


...oh, wait…you’re also the guy who believes Sid the Kid is a captain worth emulating…

Carry on, it all makes sense now.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/24/12 at 07:08 PM ET

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