September 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Some Thoughts On The NHL Discarding It’s Offer


Well the NHL decided to take it’s offer off the table they made to the players a week ago. That offer was contingent on getting an 82 game season in, and with that being impossible now the offer is gone.

So who really cares? The NHL took an offer off the table the NHLPA rejected. It’s not like the PA will regret they didn’t take the offer. They knew what they were doing.

Sadly I think the entire season is gone. I really thought something would be done last week and nothing happened. Bill Daly said “It’s back to the drawing board.” Gary Bettman said “We gave our best offer.” Add those two statements together. The NHL won’t do anything anymore. Now they’re all in to lose a season.

Now it’s up to the NHLPA to make sure they do not lose a full season ever again after this season. They need to go all in here and change the way labor negotiations will be handled five years, ten years, twenty years from now, and so on. Donald Fehr did it with the MLB, maybe he can do it with hockey.

Right now I’d take losing a full season if it means there will never be another lockout. I’m not asking both sides to negotiate and save this season if it means six or seven years from now this will happen again. It’s important both sides find something fair that going forward will give both sides a fair share of the revenue. I don’t know how they can do this, but that’s not for me to figure out.

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