ffemtreed wrote:The scarey part about this is how quickly it became public. That to me is a key of a breakdown in negotiations when one side goes public.
you can argue that its only a starting point and normal, but starting points usually get hashed out in the room before one side makes a proposal like that. This seems to be the owners strongarming the union and putting them on defense.
i still say there is a reason why the players went and got Fehr and its not good for the fans and it won't be good for anyone in the long run.
I do think the owners have got a lot of legitimate concerns, mainly the lack of a second contract for players and also teams having trouble getting to the floor of the cap and having to overpay players then having those overpaid players used as examples as to what other players are worth.
Making it public seems like a great bargaining tool for both sides. Trying to get sympathy for the owners is a hard sell, but so is trying to get sympathy for millionaire players that have artificially inflated salaries, as you point out. It's a good test to see what side the paying fan falls on.
Fehr hopefully has enough common sense to realize the NHL is not like the MLB in terms a fan base when he brings his negotiating skills to the table. I also think the players brought him in because he can help them maneuver through the process and not allow them to get burned.