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The owners, faced with months more of this kind of interaction, basically allowed Fehr’s passive aggressive brilliance do them in. It will be interesting to see what more Fehr has up his sleeve as the owners and players negotiate the details and exchange counteroffers over the next week or so.

But even if Fehr doesn’t gain a single concession off this offer, he has already won. The NHL was negotiating against itself and it still managed to lose. So we can probably look forward to at least eight more uninterrupted years of hockey and of the players laying a beating on their employers.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.  Read more from Campbell on this topic.

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But even if Fehr doesn’t gain a single concession off this offer, he has already won.

That guy actually gets paid to write.  Amazing.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/29/12 at 11:31 AM ET

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no doubt. I wouldnt count on anything moving forward at this point. This is one time i’d enjoy being wrong.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 12/29/12 at 12:06 PM ET

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The Hockey News has, for years now, always let political ideology color their hockey coverage (something that, I would argue, should never happen in a sports periodical because it’s not relevant and pisses off half your customers). This article is nothing more than cheerleading someone perceived as “one of their own.”

I will give Adam “find a way to rip the US about something in an article about Jarome Iginla’s charity work in Calgary” Proteau (also of the hockey news) credit for, essentially, laughing in his boss’s face about how stupid this piece is in my twitter feed this morning.

If the other guy gains more than you did, you did not “win” the negotiation, regardless of how mad you made him.

Posted by larry on 12/29/12 at 02:40 PM ET

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The NHL players reportedly pay Donald Fehr about $3 million a year to run the affairs of their association. Given recent developments, all 750 of them should be tripping over themselves to give him an enormous raise. Somewhere in the range of double what he makes now ought to do it.

Oh Jesus. How’d I miss this? $3 million isn’t enough money for a guy who flushed $800 million of his clients’ money (and counting) down the toilet? Campbell wants to throw away another $3 million to thank the guy responsible for his clients’ losses?

Posted by larry on 12/29/12 at 02:43 PM ET

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canniest negotiator in the history of sports labor, perhaps in the history of the labor movement itself.

Dear God, this article is bad.

First of all, Fehr ranks quite a bit behind both Miller and Goodenow as a sports labor figure, let alone as a “labor movement” figure. Heck, considering that MLB players take home less compensation as a percentage of revenue than players in any other “big 4” team sport, it would be easier to make the argument that he’s the least effective modern sports labor figure than it is to say he’s the “canniest.”

Posted by larry on 12/29/12 at 02:47 PM ET

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This is why the Hockey News is irrelevant now

Posted by Evilpens on 12/29/12 at 03:49 PM ET

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If the other guy gains more than you did, you did not “win” the negotiation, regardless of how mad you made him.

There’s more than one type of victory.

Posted by Garth on 12/29/12 at 06:04 PM ET

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There’s more than one type of victory.

Posted by Garth on 12/29/12 at 05:04 PM ET

What type of victory is it when the people you represent lose $1 billion in primary income and the people you are negotiating against lose $0 in primary income? Doesn’t sound like any kind of victory I ever heard of.

Posted by larry on 12/29/12 at 06:35 PM ET

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and the people you are negotiating against lose $0 in primary income?

What?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/29/12 at 06:56 PM ET

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What?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/29/12 at 05:56 PM ET

Owning a hockey team is not the manner in which bread gets on the table for any of the 30 owners. It’s a hobby. Any money they get from hockey is a bonus.

Even if it wasn’t, a locked out league still makes $20 million in profit, rather than the $1.8 billion in losses (not lost revenue) Fehr’s “victory” costs his clients..

Posted by larry on 12/29/12 at 08:17 PM ET

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Owning a hockey team is not the manner in which bread gets on the table for any of the 30 owners. It’s a hobby. Any money they get from hockey is a bonus.

That’s certainly NOT been the NHL’s position throughout.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/29/12 at 09:15 PM ET

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Owning a hockey team is not the manner in which bread gets on the table for any of the 30 owners. It’s a hobby. Any money they get from hockey is a bonus.

That’s quite a bonus for MLSE

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/29/12 at 09:19 PM ET

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That’s certainly NOT been the NHL’s position throughout.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/29/12 at 08:15 PM ET

The NHL’s position is that its owners should, at the very least, not sustain losses.

That I think they lie about their losses doesn’t change the point that no owner misses a mortgage payment on his house if there’s no season (Jay Beagle, to name one guy in the PA, is moonlighting as an electrician during the lockout for that reason).

That’s quite a bonus for MLSE

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/29/12 at 08:19 PM ET

Leaf ownership profit without an NHL season
~$5.314 billion

Leaf ownership profit with an NHL season
~$5.412 billion

The Leaf’s profits are less than expected variance in its owners’ yearly projections.

Posted by larry on 12/30/12 at 01:18 AM ET

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There’s more than one type of victory.

Yeah.  Pyrrhic.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/30/12 at 11:28 AM ET

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