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The Trust Factor Is Missing

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

Another day, another series of talks for the NHL and NHLPA. It’s Day 110, to be precise, and while there have been some positive developments this week, there is still no certainty that an agreement is imminent or even assured in time to preserve a 48-game season. The supposed deadline for that is Jan. 11, with the schedule beginning on Jan. 19. Neither the deadline nor the puck drop can be guaranteed.

That’s because some outstanding issues — like the salary cap, pensions, and contract limits — remain and the sides are not close to agreeing on how to resolve them. There are new suspicions on both sides as well that have kept the anxiety level high. Both Gary Bettman and Don Fehr said after Wednesday’s marathon talks, which extended into early Thursday, that some progress had been made, but there were still some hard miles to travel.

Mistrust has to be bubbling: The owners apparently attempted to slip into the deal a provision that removed harsh financial penalties on clubs that improperly reported (i.e., hid) Hockey Related Revenue. The ploy was detected by the players union, and during talks early on Thursday the penalties were re-instituted. If you need any more of an explanation about why this wholly wasteful and damaging lockout fiasco has dragged on and on and on and on, this one little episode tells all you need to know.

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bezukov's avatar

The owners apparently attempted to slip into the deal a provision that removed harsh financial penalties on clubs that improperly reported (i.e., hid) Hockey Related Revenue.

Deceitful… capitalist greed at its finest.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/13 at 08:04 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

capitalist greed at its finest.

Oh, to have a command economy, and savor the fruits of its wonders, as does Syr…I mean the old Soviet Un…errr, I mean Lao…no, Venez…errr…

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/03/13 at 09:08 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/03/13 at 08:08 PM ET

Nothing beats beating up a straw man…. or was that comment a red herring?

 

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/13 at 09:36 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

...or you could let every player negotiate his own contract and get paid according to his talent (or lack thereof.) But we need a CBA so we can play hockey in the desert.

Posted by The Hurricane on 01/04/13 at 03:16 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Yeah, because the owners took good care of individual players so well in the 1950s. This kind of ahistorical argument is just painful. Read Net Worth if you get the chance.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/04/13 at 11:33 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Also, the CBA and the NHLPA have nothing to do with where the league puts a team. The CBA allows the league to have the players help to subsidize their misguided expansions.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/04/13 at 11:34 AM ET

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