Yah, everyone is saying that and I am sure the players know that but are they ignoring it all? I hope not.
They're saying the same things they did last time. They're "united', they're "well informed'.
Fehr has been going by the union playbook the whole time.
- Try to win over public opinion against Bettman and the NHL (largely succeeded)
- try and divide the owners (hasn't happened so far)
- try and get the league to play with no CBA so they can strike (not gonna happen)
- take legal action (done, will it do any good ? probably not)
- hold out as long as possible (I refuse to believe they will hold out a full season, there is no way they do it again and many players have said they are not going to do that again)
Only thing left is decertify and sue the league but that will probably get thrown out as a negotiation tactic.
The players have very little leverage, they've been pulling out all the stops to try and maximize theirs but I think it's all for show as they cannot win, best thing would be to get the best possible deal.
Fehr is trying to undo some of the things in the last CBA and that's not going to fly.
If the owners are reasonable and the players are smart, this should resolved with the players taking the NHL offer with the condition that existing contracts are honored.
Their contracts have never really been "honored" in that sense, they always gave up a % to escrow but I think 5/7 years the NHL paid them back. They can either give up some now or give up an entire season and still accept the same offer like last time.
Owners have seemed more reasonable and they backed down from their initial insane proposal. Fehr keeps proposing the same thing over and over. The NHL has also agreed to increase revenue sharing which is a big plus in my book. Players still want their cake and eat it too.
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