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Will A Deal Be Made?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Not having a 2012-13 season will irreparably damage the NHL industry.

And in a comment that I'm hearing more and more from people on the ownership side, I'm not sure the NHL returns with 30 teams on the other side of a lost season. Can the weaker markets truly survive this? That's damage both sides would feel.

I'm not sure it's possible anymore to shake off the emotion that has suffocated logical thought. But here's hoping it is.

Because getting a deal done is the only option that truly makes any sense. Well, at least for anyone who still cares about the game itself anymore.

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That line of thought remains stupid, regardless of how many times it is repeated by writers who have absolutely no memory, apparently.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/17/12 at 01:13 PM ET

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LeBrun has been way over his head during this whole fiasco. He let his emotions ( “a deal will get done soon” ) lead the way since mid-September.

Excellent writer of hockey, but he’s lost when writing about NHLmaggedon.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/17/12 at 02:30 PM ET

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LeBrun has been way over his head during this whole fiasco. He let his emotions ( “a deal will get done soon” ) lead the way since mid-September.

Excellent writer of hockey, but he’s lost when writing about NHLmaggedon.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/17/12 at 02:30 PM ET

His mistake is understandable though. He assumed this negotiation would be conducted by parties that had that basic, human instinct known as self-preservation. He couldn’t have been more wrong, but, realistically, I didn’t see this coming either.

I knew the NHL would want the percentage lowered, but I never thought they’d be so preoccupied with loopholes and getting to that percentage right this second that they cannibalize even their own.

And I figured Fehr would beat the revenue sharing drum like crazy because, you know, that would make sense for his guys, divide the ownership and win him big points in the court of public opinion. Instead he asks for a modest revenue sharing increase (that was likely coming anyway), and spends the other 90 days throwing crap at a wall and dumping poison in the same well he threw his guys’ money down.

Posted by larry on 12/17/12 at 03:42 PM ET

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It seems like both sides are now negotiating to ensure the other guy gets nothing instead of each side getting something.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/17/12 at 03:49 PM ET

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It’s like the MAD (mutual assured destruction) scenario of the Cold War has been reborn, just replace the Russia and the USA with the NHL and NHLPA

“If you attack us, we will set off enough nuclear weapons to destroy everything, you will gain nothing”

“Oh yeah? Well if you attack us, we will set off enough nuclear weapons to destroy everything, you will gain nothing”

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/17/12 at 03:57 PM ET

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This is about Money not hockey.  Sportswriters are out of their league on this.  I doubt a deal will get done because Fehr is using passive aggression as a negotiating tactic.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/18/12 at 10:48 AM ET

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