Monday, October 22, 2012

Will There Be a Deal this Week?

The big question being asked this week is; will the NHL and NHLPA strike a deal before the Thursday deadline (For the NHL to play a full 82 game schedule). Both sides seem to be indicating that there is a basis for a deal on the table but both sides would need to compromise just a little bit.

I don't see that happening. The NHL presented the players with a great offer last week. At least it was a good starting point. The players reacted like infants to the deal. They were kicking and screaming, pouting and crying. That turned off the NHL and their good faith efforts to strike a deal.

Now we're hearing that the players like Andrew Ladd loves Donald Fehr, the man who is responsible for derailing the latest talks. The guy is a clown and the sooner the players realize that he's a liability, the sooner they can move on and negotiate in good faith. The players seem to think that Donald Fehr is the second coming.

The players need to remove the pacifiers from their mouths and grow up. It's time for these spoiled individuals to start acting like adults and not overpaid irresponsible clowns. These donkeys expect everyone to hand them what they want on a silver platter.

The players are a joke. They are the reason we're in this mess. They are selfish and uncompromising. Last week was a golden opportunity for the players to show the fans that they want to play hockey this year. What they really showed the fans is that they don't care if they play or not.

The players seem to be out of touch with reality. They will not receive the same deal they had in the last collective bargaining agreement. That's just not going to happen. They need to realize that and come to their senses. The player also have to realize that North American fans consider the NHL a 4th rate league. The league is dwarfed by the NFL, MLB and the NBA.

The players need to realize that the NHL's fan base is much weaker than those in other leagues. They shouldn't receive the same type of compensation as players in those leagues. That's just not going to happen. I also believe that a 50/50 offer is extremely fair. It's the owners who own and run the league. The players are employees. Why should they receive the same share?

It doesn't make sense. It's ridiculous and shows how out of touch these clowns are. Will a deal be agreed upon this week? I'm not hopeful at all. The players would need to show that they want to play hockey and want to compromise to work out a deal. I don't think that they're at that point yet.


  1. I completely agree about both sides needing to compromise, but I take issue with how you portrait the players as millionaire-selfish-cry-babies. All they want is to be paid fully on contracts they've previously signed under the previous CBA which everybody agreed on.

    And the players are mere employees?! Both parties are as equally important. You can't claim to have the best league in the world if you don't have the best players in it. The owners invest the funds necessary for the game to happen and the players play, and they, in turn, attract the fans that generate the revenues that run the whole operation. It's an interdependent relationship.

    All in all, I think this lockout is ridiculous. And you're right, the NHL does lose out to other leagues in the United States. It then seems quite ironic that they're fighting to keep teams like Phoenix in place but at the same time cutting off they're frail, growing American fan base when they aren't even close to being a top sports attraction there.


  2. Alex, I appreciate your comment. I think a 50/50 offer is extremely fair and should be considered by the players.

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