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NHL CBA negotiations: talking about talking again

Yesterday the NHL and the NHLPA met again to talk about meeting again:

@DarrenDreger: "Good, candid discussion in negotiations today. NHL and NHLPA will determine when the next meeting will be tomorrow."

That "tomorrow" means today... a Saturday?  It may not seem like much but talking is progress, progress that could yet prevent a lockout.  Wait, what?  But... but... but... we're all ready for a lockout.  We've been TOLD there will be one, that there was never a chance the season would start on time.  We're all cranky and bitter and people have not purchased tickets or made reservations they would have made if they thought the season would start any time before December!  Sharks fans have season tickets to SF Bulls games!  They can't just go talking like this... they can't not not play now.  And yet they are hard at work to do just that:

@Russostrib: "Konopka says #NHLPA staff is still hard at work at #NHLPA office. He's sticking around til the morning to see if they'll meet again #MNWild"

Well, that's what you get, ye of little faith and anyone else trying to make sense of the signs.  Just when the KHL and even the Swedes were getting ready for open season on NHL players, we get this talking stuff.

@LadyStanley: "New faces: Burish, Pavelski.  On the ice: 1-3-5-7-8-12-15-19-21-22-29-31-37-39-40-61-62-88, plus Cheechoo, Tikhonov"

Yes, the Sharks have been skating at Captain's Practices just like they normally would, but who really thinks that means they expect to play?  Surely it only means they expect to play somewhere, the game goes on one way or another. Oh well.  So, what could they talk about?

@DarrenDreger: "A 50-50 split looks and sounds fair, but, as it's pointed out to me, each %pt equates to $33 mil. For the players to drop 7% is big, big $$."

Big money, yes.  Big deal?  Not really.  Whatever seems fair or unfair, if the owners are willing to hold their collective breath until the season passes out, going halvsies on revenues would be a big win for fans.  Are they really talking about 50/50?  Really?  That seems like a big hurdle, not likely to be attempted in meetings about meeting.

What about those cruel measures to limit a player's freedom to contract?  Much as I hate limits on such things, the difference between seven and ten years is not that significant if you consider how much most people hate negotiating new contracts and moving house.  As Lyle Richardson points out, players could probably live with it:

...under the current CBA, most quality players are being re-signed when they come out of their entry-level deals to lengthy contract extensions, tying themselves – willingly – to their respective teams until their late-twenties to early-thirties. -Spector's Hockey

Okay, okay, that isn't so bad then.  I hate it when players leave anyway,  it's no skin off my nose as a fan.

Damage has already been done but there's no reason to compound the harm by following through with a lockout.  It's like this old poster I used to see at the gym.  It had a picture of a big piece of chocolate cake next to a diet cola, captioned "Eat American."  It might seem wrong to eat cake while thinking "diet" but that doesn't mean you should drink sugared soda just because you're already eating cake.  No matter how inconvenient it may be for some, no matter how flip-floppy it looks, it would still be a very good idea to start playing hockey ASAP.

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net