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NHL Says Their Way Or No Way

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

But Sunday afternoon came and went and in the space of about an hour suddenly the contract rights issues were worth missing more games or even a season over.

The NHL, seemingly holding the upper hand on the money -- no matter what happens in this negotiation, the owners' share of HRR is going up, it's just a matter of how much -- is getting religious about their contract issues too.

"The owners made it clear that there is no give with respect to their proposals," said Fehr.

"Unless the players are prepared to take them down to the comma. I don't know how you make an agreement if that's their position."

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who often seems to have the air of compromise about him, suddenly was making it sound like the players had to bend or the talks were dead in the swamp.

"Those are important issues for us," said Daly. "I would have hoped in the past week they would have shown some movement on those issues towards us, knowing what the fundamental concerns are. The message we basically got was we know what your contracting proposals are; we're not prepared to agree to them. …. It does leave us in a difficult place"

The NHL's position here is puzzling. Why they seem determined to use their leverage to its maximum doesn't make a lot of sense.


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Dakkster's avatar

*#$%@& it. *#$%@& this.

The way I see it, the owners are still the biggest culprits in this. Bettman said to Fehr that the time for give and take was over. Can someone please tell me what the owners have given this time around? They haven’t offered anything to the players.

I’ve followed this lockout religiously but this is just pointless. I don’t care anymore. Oddly enough, I’m not really missing hockey that much. Started going to local games and that’s A LOT more fun than the NHL even if the level of play is SO BAD even compared to Swedish Elitserien quality.

I’m done. Wake me up when this is over.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 11/12/12 at 12:04 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 11/12/12 at 11:04 AM ET

As posted a few weeks ago on this site, Gary.Ass needs only EIGHT out of thirty owners to enforce the lockout.  That same post listed Jacobs, Karmanos, and Leipold among the eight “hawks” who are locking out the season for a better CBA.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 11/12/12 at 01:10 PM ET

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