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It’s Not Their Right

from Ken Dryden at the Globe and Mail,

It’s hard to believe that Bettman doesn’t see the damage being done.

It’s hard to believe that Fehr doesn’t see that standing up and fighting back, that pride without an agreement, won’t hold for long.

It’s hard to believe that both the owners and players are so tied up in the rightness of their own side and the wrongness of the other guys that they can’t see the earth they’re both scorching. It’s hard to believe that both Bettman and Fehr, the owners and players, can’t see that no season, no victory.

If up until now the back and forth between them is just a scenario that both Bettman and Fehr have had to play out, if both of them have things truly in hand for a signed agreement at the right moment and there is a season, sorry for all this fuss. Or as Gilda Radner’s Emily Litella on Saturday Night Live would say, “Never mind.”

But if this isn’t just a scenario, if they think the issues that divide them are worthy of another cancelled year, if the season is truly at risk – they’re wrong. The owners may own the teams. They may have the right to put on games or not. The players may have the right to play or not.

But neither of them has the right to mess up what other players and other owners have created, what players and fans of all sorts, everywhere, have created over so many years.

With the fans, what is lost is lost. And for the owners and players what is lost with the fans may prove far more than whatever else is won.


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Red Winger's avatar

This comment from another site kind of says it all:

Like the way Dreger described it. Vinik and Chirpman very upset. Birkle absolutely furious. And Tanenbaum so upset that he was turning purple. Well done players, those were the 4 owners who wanted to play as soon as possible. Hope you enjoy more missed paycheck

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/06/12 at 10:03 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yep but there are still Fehr apologists on here & everywhere

Posted by Evilpens on 12/06/12 at 10:57 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

It’s still not a strike. This is still management locking the doors.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/07/12 at 01:06 AM ET


those were the 4 owners who wanted to play as soon as possible.

Which is whenever they get the deal that suits them. I would love to return to work as soon as possible too at double my paycheck, double the benefits and no commute.  Meet those conditions and we have a deal, if you don’t you are the one holding up the process.

The owners are upset? The players are missing out on paychecks and the majority of owners are supposed to be losing less money. Why are they upset?  They should be happy.  I thought it was the twittervers and immature players that were being emotional and didn’t have their heads on straight. Now I know why the owners get $1 million fines if they show up. They can’t control themselves.  If these are the “reasonable” owners, I’d love to hear what the NHLPA has been dealing with for 3 months.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/07/12 at 10:35 AM ET

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