My Way vs. Their Way – Why We Will Have NHL Hockey This Season

Negotiations are fluid. There are ebbs and flows. There are hard stops and steady rolls.

Every negotiation of a large-scale reaches a point of no return. That “point” in the NHL vs. NHLPA CBA negotiations is the season cancellation. The rumors, from the pundits and others, is that Gary Bettman is under intense pressure from the owners (those with power) and he has been told that losing the season is not an option. That form of external pressure reduces the NHL’s leverage and, inversely, increases that of the Player’s Association.

There are two ways the NHLPA can now approach this. My way and what I believe will be their way.

My way would be to press hardest now. Give their 1a best offer (with slight wiggle room) to the owners and if the owners do not accept, file for decertification. The loss of antitrust protection and the owners’ exposure gives the players the greatest leverage. The owners, through Gary Bettman, have negotiated themselves into a corner. The owners did not have the stomach for the ultimate consequences when they started this and bluffed throughout. The bluff is called.

Use that maximum leverage in ongoing negotiations to squeeze the NHL. Show strength, unity and get the best deal. The players must be ready to lose the season for the greater and long-term good.

My way is that any way that causes the players to get a poor deal will have made all of this for nothing and my way does not accept that as an option.

My way will be very unpopular with many of you and many fans in general. My way is not based on the selfish desire for hockey to return. It is based on the players getting what must be rightfully theirs because they have been, from day one, in the right.

I don’t believe the NHLPA will choose my way. I do believe, perhaps arrogantly so, that Donald Fehr may agree with me but the players will likely not use the leverage handed to them. I believe they will negotiate, compromise in areas they should not and, at the end of all this, we will get a CBA with the players receiving even less in Hockey Related Revenue, capped contract terms that gives the owners the best of all worlds (a salary cap and protection against themselves to avoid long-term contracts), a lower salary cap next season and an escrow / make whole provision that will be so diluted, it will not have been worth the fight.

My way vs. what I believe will be their way.

Either way, I will see you at game one as we watch the banner raised to the rafters.

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17 replies

  1. Raising the banner is what counts for me at this point. I hope the Kings haul up one enormous banner that exceeds the Lakers.

    BTW, I wonder how much the ticket prices will be increased as we fans are stiffed again.

  2. Bobby, I am aware that leverage resides with the players. However, like it or not, they are in a sense, partners. To use said leverage would be prudent short term for the PA.
    But seeing as a power grab on either side is at best a short term solution leading to a repeat of this process ad nauseum. There will be more than enough money to go around for both sides for a long time to come.
    I’m not sure if it is you or Surly that is the lawyer, but either way, aren’t you both tired of seeing our best players lose playing time in the prime of their career? Fuck leverage fuck all that shit let’s just get a deal done so both sides can prosper and we don’t have to go through this time and time again!

    • @Tuan Jim: anthing vulgar to add to help my case?

    • I don’t agree with the premise there will be more than enough money to go around for the players if the owners get a salary cap + capped contract years. I think the players get fucked with a dick big enough for an elephant in the short and long run if that happens. Take that provision away and you have my agreement. Without it, you do not.

      • First: USA! USA! USA!
        Second: I see your point. I am a Capatalist at heart, and hate Obamites. Well put, Mr Scribe.
        Third: thanks for taking over Tuan’s vulgarity for me.

  3. A hockey season starting in january? Sacrilege I call it. But me thinks you are right. The only problem I forsee other than each team suffering early season injuries is that my voice will be severely tested in our first contest. I need to go find my son so I can get my voice into game shape

  4. How do you know the owners have lost their nerve? They could’ve been bluffing all along, and then again they might only have had a few teams who really can’t survive an entire lost season, and those guys are making the most noise.

    I want to believe, I’m just asking the obvious because I do want to get my hopes up just to see them shot down again.

  5. I think you should get to the stories we care about, like Jarret “Pimpn” Stoll or maybe the wonderful run our boys are making in the great land of Ufa. It’s going to be an entertaining final. Bring it home, boys!

  6. The season is over. 48 game regular season is a fucking insult.

    Heres a solution to salary issues. Pay for performance. You play ti your potential you get rewarded. Play like Penner did when he got traded here you get the league mini.

    This shoulda be over and done with months ago. Starting in mid January is fucking ridiculous. Forget this season just get it done for next year so we all start on time. No one fucking cares anymore.

  7. Hate to say it but if 48 is all we get I’d be one of those assholes who couldn’t stop watching. It’s like watching a donkey show. I am absolutely disgusted but strangely I can’t turn away.

  8. Lets just say a donkey has a 4ft penis and leave it at that.

  9. Last time they cancled a season they waited till February 15th before declaring the season a total loss. As desperate as I would like to see both sides, I’m still thinking these numbnuts still think they have at least another month before they have to get serious.

  10. Uh oh! Eklund’s “optimism meter” is almost all the way to the right. That means he’s feeling good about the tweets he rips off from Darren Dreger.


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