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Questioning The Memo

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

But talks did not end well today, I am told.

The NHL was perplexed by a memo that NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr sent his 725 constituents on Thursday night that stated there’s a “significant gap” between the two sides, according to multiple NHL sources close to the negotiations.

The league feels the memo isn't a fair portrayal of what the owners offered....

The league has been under the impression that the majority of players are ready to get back onto the ice if revenues are split 50/50 and all contracts are honored in full. Several players have told the Star Tribune that in recent days.

That’s exactly what the owners have offered the players, the sources say, something Fehr did not spell out in his memo.

The league has promised to honor all existing contracts and guarantee players their $1.883 billion share – or 57 percent of last year’s revenue, the sources say.

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Paul's avatar

I am going out on a limb here and hoping Liepold isn’t Russo’s source because then it would become just a ‘spin’.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/09/12 at 08:08 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

It seems as though the ulterior concession to this good-looking offer is the players paying for the lockout via proration… which is about a $900M concession.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/09/12 at 08:15 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s spin. Somebody’s allowing his “source” to try and wedge a gap between the players and the union that’s keeping them informed as to each and every turn of CBA negotiations as they apply over the long haul, not just for optics’ sake.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/09/12 at 11:49 PM ET


Yeah, I figured all of this was just a pack of lies.

After all, it makes the owners look less vulpine and the players look more greedy and unreasonable.

So, hey, it must not be true. smile

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/10/12 at 09:28 AM ET

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