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Re: There will be a strike

Postby ukcanuck » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:38 pm

Wasn't there some scuttlebutt about luongo not being able to keep his goalie in its net around the hockey groupies?
Maybe mrs Roberto will take him to the cleaners for half and he won't have the luxury of early retirement?
Or maybe that poker thing turns into a thing ?
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Strangelove » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:47 pm

ukcanuck wrote:Wasn't there some scuttlebutt about luongo not being able to keep his goalie in its net around the hockey groupies?

Maybe mrs Roberto will take him to the cleaners for half and he won't have the luxury of early retirement?


They're Catholics though aren't they (fuckin Catholics)?

Don't think she's allowed to divorce??

She could kill him though......... HEY!! :look:
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby ukcanuck » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:01 pm

Strangelove wrote:
ukcanuck wrote:Wasn't there some scuttlebutt about luongo not being able to keep his goalie in its net around the hockey groupies?

Maybe mrs Roberto will take him to the cleaners for half and he won't have the luxury of early retirement?


She's a Catholic though isn't she (fuckin Catholics)?

Don't think she's allowed to divorce??

She could kill him though......... HEY!! :look:


I'm pretty sure there's a dispensation for that :)
Edit: either one...
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Meds » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:25 pm

ukcanuck wrote:Wait, did they actually file or did they just hold a vote to allow the PA to file when and if its necessary?
Besides there is nothing dirty about dissolving the union to allow the players protection from anti trust. Nothing more dirty than locking out employees as an opening position to negotiate a new deal anyway.


That wasn't their opening position though......they approached the PA at the beginning of the year and requested meetings to begin negotiations so they could get a deal in place as quickly as possible and go into the summer with an agreement in place rather than have it hanging over everyone's heads as the next season got closer. The NHLPA, under the leadership of Mr Fehr declined. The league then approached after the playoffs and were again rebuffed by the PA and told to wait, and the PA wasn't willing to sit down and even entertain and offer until, I think it was September, though it could have been late August.

So you say tell the league to put their best offer up and asked why have they waited so long to get to this point, but why not ask the players why they weren't even willing to look at an offer until the season was just around the corner.....

So is it really a dirty move by the owners and the league to state, MONTHS IN ADVANCE, that they will not proceed with a regular season without a new CBA signed and in place, and then to make good on that statement when the PA will not even sit down to negotiate?

I do get the reason for not negotiating during last season after the all-star break, it would have been a distraction, however, they could have had closed door meetings and at least been feeling the other side out. It didn't need to be a media circus, it has only become the gong show that it is because there is no hockey to watch. The story will always be the game on ice when it is available, the off ice side show would have been nothing more than the announcement of meetings and could have been shoved into a corner with a simple statement to the press that there will be no further news or announcements regarding any negotiations while the season and playoffs are being played out.

So if the PA had entertained offers when they were first approached, we would have been at this stage before the Cup had ever been handed out, and if not here then at least the September starting point would have been much further along and this could have been reached by October.

The NHLPA is just as dirty in this as the league itself, and regardless of your own jaded perspective and penchant for pinning responsibility on the employer, a negotiation is a two sided event, it was up to the owners to present the first offer, maybe even the second one, but the other side has to be a player not a bitchy spectator. If the players want this to be a "partnership" then they better out something up and be willing to make the league successful rather than just be the drain through which money flows. Nothing the players have proposed is good for the game overall and making the league a competitive ice surface to play on.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Tciso » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:42 am

Strangelove wrote:
ukcanuck wrote:Wasn't there some scuttlebutt about luongo not being able to keep his goalie in its net around the hockey groupies?

Maybe mrs Roberto will take him to the cleaners for half and he won't have the luxury of early retirement?


They're Catholics though aren't they (fuckin Catholics)?

Don't think she's allowed to divorce??

She could kill him though......... HEY!! :look:


Hmm. Maybe a hunting accident with Booth? Might as well combine both threads.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Meds » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:12 pm

ukcanuck wrote:but not the dishonest negotiating tactics, the lies and deceits and the clumsy attempts at manipulation... or that we are three months into what would have been the season and they still havent pitched their best offer?


Care to be specific about the dishonest tactics, lies, deceits, and/or clumsy manipulation attempts?

As for the time frame, that's been answered. We are where we are because the PA refused to even sit down and entertain offers until September.

uk wrote:I understand the sentiment but in the hard cold world of business is business if you are dumb enough to run the ship into the ground...well ask the captain Francesco Schettino of the Costa Concordia...
To me it sure seems like winning a stanley cup does not create a stable hockey market, Tampa, Raleigh and Denver each have cups and star players and each have or are struggling... These new franchises that need the help? Build some community rinks and buy a bunch of kid sized equipment and give out luxury box tickets to peewee teams... that will do more to create a client base than some rich snot arsed Russian superstar. bottom line, just don't sign mega contracts until you have the money from a rabid season ticket base and major corporate involvement to do so.


First of all, if there is hockey interest in a community it is up to the residents, taxpayers, and local municipal government to build the community rinks.

If you don't have the interest and can't sign the superstars, then you aren't going put a winning team on the ice and you go back to a system where teams like New York, Detroit, Toronto, and Philadelphia dig into their deep pockets and scoop up all the talent in an attempt to try and buy the Cup every year. I for one am all in favor of folding up at least 4 franchises and moving 2 more into Canadian markets that are absolutely dying to have teams of their own. Interestingly enough the players don't want teams to fold because that would reduce teh number of union jobs. So keeping the playing field level and competitive and affordable for all of the owners is in the best interest of the players because it means they have jobs. Hence the partnership between owners and players, and if the client base means success and profit, and if your idea of building such a client base is a good one (and I do think it is btw), then who pays for the handouts to the kids in the community? Who pays for the luxury box? The owner or the players?

uk wrote:And for their trouble, and allowing their money to do the work for them they are entitled to happily divide up 1.5 billion dollars a year not a bad investment, considering... plus as Per points out they can parlay all that cachet into even more profit in all their other enterprises.


My question is why do the players feel the are ENTITLED to this? The owners have let their money work for them. They have earned their wealth through investment. I went firmly onto the side of the owners in this when I started hearing uneducated, filthy rich, spoiled rotten, 19-28 year old athletes saying that the "deserved" the money they make, that they are entitled to it. That was when I was done. It's the attitude that disgusts me in our society, not just the NHL, and not just with rich brats. The idea that people are entitled to their share, that things should just be provided and handed over by the rich to the poor or by the governement to the citizens. That thinking has put the USofA in the situation it is currently in and threatens the entire world economy. The current ownership group with Bettman as Commish has increased the average NHL players salary by $1M over the last 7 years. But they still DESERVE more? Why is anyone ENTITLED to a percentage of someone else's investment return?

uk wrote:isn't that kind of the point, they put in the work and have the genetics as Coco pointed out, and that's the pay off for being the draw that we the fans pay WILLINGLY pay through the nose to see play?


Sure, they have the gifts and they put in the work, but what about when they quit putting in the work? Case in point being a guy like Scott Gomez. Nobody in Montreal shows up to watch Gomez play. They show up in hopes that the TEAM will succeed (in his case despite him). So, when the player signs big and then just floats, why should they still be guaranteed that money? I put in the work in school, learned how to do my job now I'm employed, and I'm still learning and having to keep up on what I already know, but if I show up to work and don't do my job I will soon find myself out of work and not making any money. Why should these millionaires who are already living the dream be ENTITLED to that money even if they don't want to put the effort in any longer?

uk wrote:]Since when does not accepting a roll back given up by the players in the last CBA constitute something worth a pat on the back for?


I'm confused by what you just said.....

uk wrote:I think that what's not good enough is having the players collective share being continually clawed back with each CBA negotiation. Considering the results of three lockouts, It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict what will be on the table during the next one...at some point you got to take a stand.


The collective share has gone down (twice) but their individual take home share has sky-rocketed. I wish I could say that my wage has nearly doubled over the last 7 years.....I think most people here on this board would love to be able to say the same, and I'm pretty sure that none of us would complain if our employer's found themselves making triple if we were making double. We would be more than happy to look back and see that we were making twice as much now as we were in 2004. Life would be pretty good.....especially if we were still in the same job doing something we love to do (which is something that few of us can say, we may like our jobs, but we don't love our work the same as we would if we were playing a game for a living).

uk wrote:Can I point to the evidence that this drawing of a line in the sand and then drawing another line in the sand, and then drawing another line in the sand says that the bottom line is wholly made up?
I'm pretty sure that if I'm a hotdog vendor I'm wishing that whatever the bottom line is, can we just get to it? Please?


Yeah, I'm actually quite disappointed in the owners for this. I wish they had drawn their line and just stood behind it. The players would have caved and we would have seen a return to hockey already. Every time they caved they just gave the PA more resolve and traction.

uk wrote:This is Fred's point too, I don't see how this is really relevant, pro sports does not suffer in depressions, entertainment is a needed commodity when times are tough. The proof is right there in Forbes, through the worst economy since the depression the NHL has had record growth. Neither side should be trying to use the sky might fall tomorrow...the Mayans could have been correct too, so what?


I don't think we've ever had a true depression in which athletes were making the millions of dollars that they are making now. We've had recessions, and I do agree with you that people need the entertainment release of pro sports, but if we were to enter into a true depression, I think that many of these pro athletes would find themselves the targets of some serious public hatred if they were making money to play a game while large portions of the poulation were struggling to even make rent and food money.

uk wrote:To me either you blame the whole thing and boycott the entire disgusting thing or you hold your nose and concentrate on the game.
I just can't see only pulling on one thread.


I agree with you, and if I could regularly watch CHL hockey I would, but when the NHL is back all I'll really get is their product, and I love to watch hockey. So.....meh.I'll still watch, but as always I'll be caring about my team and now not really giving a rats ass about the names on the back of the jersey.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Fred » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:03 pm

but if we were to enter into a true depression, I think that many of these pro athletes would find themselves the targets of some serious public hatred if they were making money to play a game while large portions of the poulation were struggling to even make rent and food money.


If we do suffer a true depression there's more than a few teams destined for the Bankruptcy courts, never mind hatered there'll be players out of work...
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Hockey Widow » Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:15 am

So what happened? I came back expecting to see some hockey and what do I get? Spengler Cup and World Juniors. Where is the NHL?

Rhetorical questions so don't answer. Wow, just wow. They had better get this done in the next week or its all over. And so am I afraid maybe our window.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Topper » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:53 am

Fred wrote:Hey UK, as pointed out in THN the NHL is actually bargaining against it's self

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/4 ... osing.html

Bullshit.

When negotiations collapsed on the 13th it was due to Fehr and the PA coming back the the league with discussions of buy outs and escrow caps. The League is now returning and addressing that.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Benjo » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:45 am

NHL just added 100m to the pot IF a deal is reached in next 4-5 days so that 3-4 more games can be added to sched. I think NHL is set on a 10 year deal because Fehr will be retired/dead by then.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby dbr » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:16 am

Benjo wrote:I think NHL is set on a 10 year deal because Fehr will be retired/dead by then.


:lol:

It's going to be interesting to see how they handle issues they didn't seem to want to touch during these negotiations, when the time comes.

Re-alignment, for example - will the PA continue to exercise their right to throw a wrench into that process, will they play ball in the hopes to get something elsewhere, or will the league actually take their input into account when formulating a plan?
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Strangelove » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:59 pm

Benjo wrote:I think NHL is set on a 10 year deal because Fehr will be retired/dead by then.


I'm surprised some murderous hypocritical self-professed Jesus-lover such as RD hasn't whacked him already! :drink:
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Todd Bersnoozi » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:39 pm

I was listening to a conspirarcy theory show and I found a comment from a guy quite interesting. He was saying if the NHL and the NHLPA cannot come to an agreement, the season lost and the NHLPA goes ahead with disolving the union and files that anti-trust suit, the NHL will not survive. He thinks a new league will later be formed with only 24 teams. I personally hope it doesn't come to that, but it might be the best thing for the game and hockey fans. Get rid of the teams that are constantly in the red ink and where ppl do not care about the game, just have it in the hockey markets. Also, get rid of Bettman who does not care about the good of the game. It happened before with a league folding in the WHA, it may be time for a change again.

I must admit, I am kind of curious to see what would happen if the canucks started from scratch and there was a lottery draft for all the teams with all the players available.... who would the canucks end up with? A crack to get a guy like crosby, stamkos, ovechkin would be totally tempting in seeing who would be the new face of our franchise.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Fred » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:37 am

I heard one media type ( a legal type ) say a judge would likely throw out an attempt to disolve the union and see it for what it is a bargaining chip to pressure for a deal. He also said going before a NY court is not good or union freindly.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Topper » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:30 am

Fred wrote:I heard one media type ( a legal type ) say a judge would likely throw out an attempt to disolve the union and see it for what it is a bargaining chip to pressure for a deal. He also said going before a NY court is not good or union freindly.

duh, Fred, that is why the league took the preemptive measure of filing first in NY and why they started collecting public statements by the players about the disclaimer being a negotiating tool.

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