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#2335777 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 10 December 2012 - 12:37 PM


I think this is the correct way to see who is conceeding what. Compare terms of the proposals to the previous CBA not to other proposals. Previous CBA is the (only) valid starting point.

#2334669 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 24 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

but without the cba, there most likely won't be guaranteed contracts, pensions, health benefits , minimum salaries, etc. will the players be willing to play for the owners without any of those perks. i doubt it.

here's a good article on the decertification process


Lack of CBA does not necessarily eliminate the perks listed above. But it would mean that each player would need to negotiate contract with the club very carefully and make sure that everything CBA used to cover is spelled out explicitly.

#2334593 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 22 November 2012 - 11:44 PM

I appears that players are starting to seriously consider the idea of union decertification ( http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=410081 ).
If they manage to get it done it would be interesting to see league with its anti-trust exemptions gone. No cap, no draft, every player for himself.

#2333244 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 01 November 2012 - 11:18 PM

Well as long as the NHL is just whining and not interested in negotiating, what exactly is the point of meetings?

Free coffee and doughnuts?

#2333089 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 30 October 2012 - 11:32 PM

I was referencing the lockout in 1994-1995 season that wiped out 931-948 games when it was under Fehr's watch.

Given that MLB has not lost any games to labor disputes since one can argue that it was the price worth paying.

#2333011 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 29 October 2012 - 09:58 PM

Could the NHL be less greedy and not ask for so much? Yes. Could the NHLPA give up a little bit to make a deal happen? Yes.

You appear to be starting from the premise that players have to give to the owners. Why? Should not players be getting something in return for reduced share? Yet NHL wanted to restrict their contracting rights as well at the same time.

If anything, I am arguing that both leaders should be fired. Both sides have been a miserable failure to their sides and horrible to hockey fans. The respective leadership teams of both sides should also be fired. Its time to get a new group of leaders in these positions that are more willing to work together to achieve a goal.

I think Fehr at this point has support of the players. And only they can fire him.

I actually have no idea what the procedure is for removing NHL commissioner. Might be interesting to find out.

#2332752 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 26 October 2012 - 12:05 PM

Point is that if Bettman was fired, then the next guy would be doing the same thing.

This is why they should go with a good looking gal rather than "the next guy".

#2332157 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 18 October 2012 - 07:17 PM

NHL has been asking Ferh brothers this question for almost a year now. It looks like these unions pigs don't care.

Pigs or not but the owners who signed huge contracts this summer anticipating never to honor their full value (Craig Leipold comes to mind) need a lesson in fair dealing. I do not know if NHLPA has enough leverage and determination to win but I do not fault them for trying.

#2331346 Russians Possibly Staying In KHL After Lockout

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 11 October 2012 - 05:04 PM

Maybe, but I doubt it's that simple. A contract is usually a complicated thingy which has to be respected by both parties. Makes me wonder.

It is difficult to enforce US contract in Russia. If Ovechkin liquidates all his US assets prior to bailing then I really do not see how Capitals can get anything out of him. But I do not think he will shut the door on NHL at this point in his career. Maybe later.

#2331187 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 10 October 2012 - 11:20 AM

If the league really wants to help out the smaller franchises, the one they should push for is no cap circumvention with the ridiculously long contracts, and restrict signing bonuses. Both of those will be harder to match for the less wealthy franchises. Then pretty much keep the rest of the contract stipulations the way they are.

Did any proposal from either side include changes to how contract cap number is calculated? Using actual salary for a particular year as a cap number would prevent (most of) the current cap circumvention schemes.

#2330640 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 04 October 2012 - 12:15 AM

It would appears that just like the NHL this thread has reached an impasse. Maybe if we would have started to argue in January we would be done by now.

#2330367 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 30 September 2012 - 04:28 PM

Jokes about the value of people with MBA's are not just jokes.

#2330180 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 27 September 2012 - 10:29 AM

Keep pressing that "I win" button until your finger falls off. It still doesn't change the fact that you are siding with a union that has little to no interest in playing hockey this season. Sure, they aren't as bad as the owners, but they don't deserve your unwaivering loyalty.

But they do have interest in playing hockey. Just today Datsyuk had two assists and Malkin scored a goal and added two assists.
Players just do want to play in NHL given the conditions owners are demanding.

#2330073 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 26 September 2012 - 07:39 AM

While I do somewhat agree, I think that the ownership has a right to at least make a profit.

To me "right to make a profit" means that owners are entitled to it. This I do not agree with. Owners have a right to try to make a profit. But there should be no guarantees.

#2329829 Jimmy D Speaks out on Lockout, fined $250k

Posted by Pskov Wings Fan on 23 September 2012 - 10:17 PM

SO FREE SPEECH COST $250,000 NOW. Not so free! I'm a Kings fan from 1969, if Luc Robitaille got fined for saying something like that, I'd be boycotting all things NHL and AEG (who own the Kings). Oh, I forgot, because I'm out $1000 on preseason travel plans for Kings games that have been cancelled, I am done with NHL. I lost money on the previous lockouts as well. I'm supporting the AHL, ECHL. Maybe see if DirecTV can get me some of the KHL games.

Goodbye NHL!

This got nothing to do with free speech. NHL can be viewed as a private club, which is free to fine its members (teams) per its own by-laws.