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The One Big Issue

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The key to finding a breakthrough in the NHL’s labor impasse revolves around the formula in which both sides can agree on to help honor existing player contracts. 

Otherwise known as the "make whole" mechanism in the NHL’s offer from last Tuesday and the NHLPA’s No. 3 option Thursday, with both sides officially putting 50/50 on the table as a revenue split, the make-whole proposition holds the best possible chance at finding resolution. 

If I’m a player, I’m asking leadership at the NHLPA to give this the best shot possible. And if I’m an owner, I do the same to the NHL’s lead negotiators. 

The NHL is inviting the make-whole conversation to happen. 


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“We have had the discussion [with the NHLPA] that if the ‘make whole’ is of particular concern to them, and they have a contrary or alternative proposal, we’re happy to discuss it with them,” Daly said.

Say what?  Didn’t the NHLPA just recently say that the “make whole” provision was of particular concern to them?  Didn’t the NHLPA just recently offer a contrary or alternative proposal?  And didn’t the NHL just recently reject it inside of 15 minutes?

Posted by BobTheZee on 10/23/12 at 07:23 PM ET

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From what was reported, the PA offered *three* alternative proposals, all of which were outright refused within minutes.

This is a game of chicken. You blink, you lose. So, we’ll see which side blinks first.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 10/23/12 at 08:24 PM ET

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