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NHL Still Using The Hard Negotiating Methods

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

If owners really wanted a full 82-game campaign, they easily could have taken a softer tact with the union and have arrived at this moment back in September. That they chose not to and instead took the scorched-earth approach perfectly illustrates their big-picture blueprint, arranged and carefully cultivated by the law firm of Proskauer Rose across a number of professional sports leagues.

No wonder the NHLPA’s strategy (at least, up until this week) has been to play the slippery fish, catchable for a brief moment, but never long enough to admire or even get a solid read on. If the league was going to be so openly aggressive toward players, they were under no obligation to play the game under the NHL’s assumed rules. That’s why weeks passed without any meaningful contact and why Bettman made ridiculous propositions such as a two-week moratorium on negotiations. Players quickly recognized there was never any impetus to reach a quick conclusion from the other side and responded similarly.

Unfortunately for hockey fans, the NHL is still in the same developmental stage as Major League Baseball was with its players union a couple decades ago. As NHLPA second-in-command Steve Fehr explained recently on The Hockey News Radio Show, baseball owners had to learn the hard way it made more sense to deal with its talent the soft way than the hard way.


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Evilpens's avatar

like they are doing now & the PA says what is in it for us? only an avg. of 2 Million a year in salary smile

Proteau is what the Soviets used to call “Useful Idiots”

Posted by Evilpens on 12/06/12 at 06:14 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Damn… I was putting money on “insults the author THEN calls the players greedy”.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/06/12 at 06:41 PM ET


Damn… I was putting money on “insults the author THEN calls the players greedy”.

I’ll respond to that right after I get done investing the money you won me.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/06/12 at 06:47 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

And now I’m back ahead.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/06/12 at 06:48 PM ET


Proteau you must be kidding me.  I feel for the players but did Don Fehr write this for you?

The players threw out Kelly and got Fehr because they wanted to play hardball.

Bettman is not selig.  The owners will shut down before Fehr turns them into baseball.  If he was running NFL or NBA players associations they would still be out.

Unless they want to sacrifice their careers for a pyrrhic victory the players should look at their contracts.  I’m sure any guy that played in the 70s would like to be exploited the same way.

Charter flights, private training centers, the best medical care etc etc. 

This is exploitation?  It’s hard to see why the players are shocked the owners are pushing back.  A hockey team is not a good investment in most instances.

When the players become owners they suddenly start to see the bottom line.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/06/12 at 07:53 PM ET

mmuskrat's avatar

Never have there been 3 people who take each others’ bait and insult each other in never-ending circles more than HD, Ep, and JJ, and this thread proves it.

and you’ll notice, EP is the only one of the three to comment on the actual article!

Posted by mmuskrat on 12/07/12 at 12:47 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

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Nope I have JJ ignored

Posted by Evilpens on 12/08/12 at 03:20 PM ET

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