|Stinger has to show up to get paid!|
There was a proposal on the table to play a full season starting on November 1. When the NHLPA rejected that deal, they also rejected the notion that they would play and get paid for a whole season. I think the grade school retort of 'its the owners lockout' is ludicrous. The only thing the lockout does is prevent a player strike two days before the trade deadline, a known Don Fehr tactic. So this whole line of reasoning, and child like retorts, gets zero traction with me, and I suspect many other fans. It would be wise for the NHLPA to distance itself from this stance quickly. All that does is give the owners incentive to cancel the 2013 season here and now, because that would wipe this contract year off the books.
The working stiffs who are paying the bills don't get this. There's still a deal to be had if both sides can stay away from the stupid stuff.
Personally, I believe a deal will get done because the loss of this season highly benefits the CBJ. Brad Larsen is forging a winning nucleus for our club down in Springfield, and it keeps us from rushing many of our young players, which tends to happen due to the talent void at the parent club. Every game they play down there is money in the bank for the CBJ. Additionally, loss of the season likely conveys some benefits in the next draft. So since this stuff will benefit the CBJ, I think a deal will get done, because that's our luck.
Lose this line of reasoning players. Its stupid! You are not going to get paid for a full season that you did not play. The owners are bleeding from the cancellation of the winter classic. Both sides have been bloodied, and there is no moral high ground here. Get to work and get a deal done.