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NHL's Guerin: Make a deal, it's their league

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08:10 AM ET 10.27 | None other than the NHL's Bill Guerin had a message last week for the NBA's players. "It's not worth it. Get a deal done," [Guerin said]. There was not a single NHL player during the Great Lockout of 2004-05 who was a bigger proponent of the union's fight than this man. No one believed in the cause more than Guerin, and to hear him admit this is a bit stunning. "I learned a big lesson: It's not a partnership. It's their league, and you are going to play when they want," he said. ... "When you are in the heat of battle, and you are fired up, you don't think what they are doing is right. But it's not about what is right or wrong -- it's their league."

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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October 27, 2011  09:10 AM ET

Basically! Billionaires beat millionaires, it's simple math.

October 27, 2011  09:24 AM ET

The players should read this article ASAP.

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October 27, 2011  09:35 AM ET
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Guerin is a wise man, who has already learned this lesson......The players are not bigger than the game or the league......dont kill the golden goose

Guerin has a unique perspective on this. The ridiculous contract he got from the Rangers was a prime example of why there was a strike in the NHL.
Funny thing was when the strike happened the big bucks Rangers hadn't made the playoffs in 7 years. They've missed the playoffs once (On the last day of the season) since a cap was instituted. Which is quite an accomplishment with a mentally disabled owner and a senile, depends wearing GM.

October 27, 2011  09:36 AM ET
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Basically! Billionaires beat millionaires, it's simple math.

Except for in baseball for some reason.

October 27, 2011  09:37 AM ET
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Guys like this crack me up. While he has a point for sure, where would the world be if everyone had this attitude? Shouldn't someone stand for something at some point in their life? I don't know who is most right or most wrong, but what I do know is while it is important to be realistic and resist the urge to be stubborn, everyone also needs to follow their hearts in this or when its over they'll never be able to live with themselves. And by the tone of his comments, it appears that Guerin may be trying to reconcile some decisions now.

What are they standing for? Did the players today, or of any era for that matter, begin the league with their money? Businessmen built the league into what it is today, not a bunch of guys playing the game. I understand that players are what the fans come to see but without the businessmen these guys wouldn't be playing this game. Your analogy of taking a stand just doesn't make any sense in this scenario.

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October 27, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Don't Bring A Knife To A Gunfight, Bros.

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