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Afternoon NHL CBA Links

5 days remain until the current CBA expires and players and owners alike are starting to feel the pressure of another lockout.

  • One of the many players to feel this pressure is Jan Mursak. A player who needs to play this season in order to continue his development. Hopefully he goes and plays in Europe so he can improve his game. [blackbirdpie url=""]

This will be the NHL-NHLPA lockout rubber match, In 1994-95, I could probably be characterized as mostly pro-player, because I felt the pendulum had swung way too far in the owners’ favor. In 2004-05, I was seen as mostly pro-owner because I felt that pendulum had swung back too far in the players’ direction and I simply wasn’t convinced a salary cap was evil incarnate.

This time, I don’t sense the pendulum is wildly out of line and probably only requires adjustments that, in theory, shouldn’t be enough to threaten the 2012-13 season. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

As for being pro-player or pro-owner, I suppose on an emotional level I can empathize with the players more this time than last time for reasons outlined throughout, but on a practical level, in the face of the reality that’s about to strike, I’m also finding it hard to believe the players can’t do better with their offer than they have. But at the end of the day, does it really matter what I think or who wins in the court of public opinion, who sides with whom? We’re all pretty much just spectators here.

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That is all for now. Hopefully we see some progress in the CBA talks these next few days.



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