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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So here’s a prediction based as much on the past as the present state of NHL labour relations:

The chances of salvaging any portion of the 2012-13 NHL season went from slim to virtually zero Thursday, a roller-coaster moment in the negotiations that closely resembled an almost-identical day eight years ago.

Can anyone remember how that played out?

On Dec. 10, 2004, NHL Players’ Association executive director Bob Goodenow made a dramatic offer to end the lockout, proposing that players would immediately accept a 24-per-cent rollback on salaries – a move he asserted would save the NHL hundreds of millions of dollars.

Too many observers jumped the gun and declared it a season-saving moment, when it was anything but.

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players would immediately accept a 24-per-cent rollback on salaries

And the league said we aren’t done with you yet, we want more. What makes anyone think it would be different this time? They tried to break the union and the NHLPA responded with Don Fehr. Don’t negotiate in good faith, deal with your mirror image instead.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/07/12 at 09:59 AM ET

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Don’t negotiate in good faith, deal with your mirror image instead.

Great plan by the NHLPA, it has worked well!  Now what?  A lost season, money they will never earn back, and a worse deal for them this summer.

Both sides are to blame for this mess, it’s just my opinion that Fehr is leading them down the wrong path.  I think he only cares about his ego and legacy, not what’s best for the players.

Posted by starsfan26 on 12/08/12 at 07:32 PM ET

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