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NHLPA Ready To Negotiate Through The Holiday

from TSN,

NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr says negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement won't take a Christmas holiday.

Joining TSN Radio 1050's Cybulski & Company on the same day the league announced the cancellation of all games scheduled through Jan. 14, Fehr expressed hope that momentum towards a new deal could continue as the traditionally slow business period of the holidays arrives.

"We owe that to the fans and we obviously owe it to our own members and I believe the NHL would owe it to its owners, so hopefully that won't be an impediment," Fehr said.

"I'll make the following assumption," Fehr told TSN, "we're involved in serious negotiations. We've got to try to find a way to make an agreement and for my part and my staff we'll make whoever needs to be available available in order to get the job done."

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Fine Larry.  We will see when a deal is struck whether or not you are right.

You seem to be under the impression that because the owners are greedy bullies, what the PA is doing must be good for themselves. Those two things are far from 1-1. Some people react to bullying through self-mutilation.

I guess this is the point that is killing me from the pro-owner side…....that it is stupid to stand up to a bully.  And no matter how long I think about it, it just does not seem to be right in anyway.
The players thought that a 24% pay cut was going to buy them out of this crap.  So how is giving another not simply an invitation to make concessions every few years?
To say that previous leaderships were “hard” (undefinable) and it didn’t help is not actually a strong argument that fighting doesn’t work….this case may set a whole new standard for hard-line and success.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 12/21/12 at 07:06 PM ET

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I guess this is the point that is killing me from the pro-owner side…....that it is stupid to stand up to a bully.

It’s not stupid to stand up to a bully. It is stupid to punch yourself in the face while he’s stomping you in the hopes that it convinces him never to do it again.

And I’m not pro-owner, by the way. I’m a fan who wants hockey. That I can understand why the owners say they need what they need (which isn’t to say I believe them because I don’t) and cannot understand what Don Fehr thinks he’s accomplishing by his counterproductive strategies doesn’t make me “pro-owner.”

If he’d said “fine, we’ll go to 50-50, but we want every team to put 40% of its gate in a pot and divide it evenly,” I’d back him 100%. THAT’s good for future players. THAT’s good for the rank and file. THAT’s good for the sport. I don’t know if he’d get that either, but at least that’s a battle with tangible rewards.

Not this “let’s poison the negotiations by seeing how much risk I can try to get you to assume even though it doesn’t make us any richer” BS he keeps pulling does not benefit his guys and the time he wastes with it utterly slaughters them.

Posted by larry on 12/21/12 at 08:25 PM ET

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