Tired of all the bullcrap in these negotiations. Both sides are not moving. That's not how you negotitate or debate.I'd rather work and perfect my hockey skills, playing actual hockey then watch these selfish parties go at each other. Mediators lasted around 4 days last time until the season was canceled, look for it to be canceled this season too.
The owners are doing their best to break the union this time, and if the lockout goes into next season, they may get what they want this time. I believe they will call the rest of the season by January 9th, and when that happens its very possible next year will not begin on time, and the union may start breaking at the foundation and collapse. If that happens they will loose a few teams as well.I believe the owners may suit up replacement players next October.
I used to be a part of a quasi union (non certified) organization. We had compulsory arbitration in our charter (similar to a CBA). For nine years I was on the negotiating committee, our contracts usually ran for three years. Each time we negotiated we would have a mediator involved. I always voted against the mediated settlement because we could never do worse if we went to an arbitrator. My fellow negotiators would argue against me. Near the end of my working career we became certified and lost our compulsory arbitration status. The first contract negotiated after I retired was negotiated after a three month strike. So much for progress. What does this have to do with the NHL NHLPA situation? Nothing, but the whole process going on is stupid. The NHL owners are as a rule independently rich who do not rely on hockey to feed their families or to make their mortgage payments. But very few of them like to lose money in any of their business operations. If Mike Illitch has a pizzeria that is losing money he closes it. If you had hired AVM to manage your investment portfolio and they recommended the Florida Panthers as an investment you'd find another company in a hurry. But that's who owns the Panthers. In order for the NHL owners to stay in business, the business has to change. The players on the other hand need the NHL to feed their families and make their mortgage payments. But these players have been fed the BS that they are the game. If that is so think about how often when a player changes teams does the fan base move with them. When Howe left Detroit did the Red Wings cease to exist? Gretzky left Edmonton but a year later the Oilers won the Cup. If the two top players in the history of hockey weren't bigger than the game, Chris Campoli certainly isn't.The story goes that Fehr has talked about de-certification from the start but players and their agents have tried to prevent it. If it happens the man who cancelled the world series will attempt to destroy the NHL. Let's hope sanity wins out.