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08:18 AM ET 07.16 | Consider the first round a statement round. The NHL's Declaration of War presented to the Players' Association in the guise of a first proposal on Friday would roll back the salary cap to approximately $52.5 million for 2012-13. The drop of nearly $10 million from last season would represent the lowest number since 2007-08, sources with knowledge of the league's scheme have told Slap Shots. This $52.5 million off a "midpoint" of $48.5 million is the result of a calculation based on the ramifications of slashing the players' share of the gross to 46 percent from the current 57 percent, coupled with the redefinition of Hockey Related Revenue with the express written intent of dramatically reducing the amount in the pool.

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July 16, 2012  08:42 AM ET

This will not end well...

July 16, 2012  09:11 AM ET

I am hoping that this is another piece of NY POST rubbish

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July 16, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This will not end well...

Can they REALLY be so stupid as to lose part (or all) of another season so soon after the last time? Unfortunately, we all know the answer is yes they can. They are doing their best to kill the sport once and for all.

July 16, 2012  09:16 AM ET

well... see you guy's next year.

July 16, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Oh boy...sounds like we're in for Poker Boom 2.0 in Canada this winter.

July 16, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Can they REALLY be so stupid as to lose part (or all) of another season so soon after the last time? Unfortunately, we all know the answer is yes they can. They are doing their best to kill the sport once and for all.

who knows. I am always amazed how supposed "business" savy people think they do anything...impose their will...when there are other people involved. Hey Gary: you're not the NFL/MLB or NBA...you need to take a look out the window and check out this thingy called real life. Accept it. If you want big money and flashy contracts...gop work for Goodell

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July 16, 2012  09:33 AM ET

If we have to keep protecting owners and GM's from themselves maybe we dont need GM's...money saved there.

July 16, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Let's see what Fehr comes back with for a proposal. The Buttgoblin and his minions are keenly aware of the slash and burn style of negotiating used in the past by the NHLPA (dick)head and no doubt started very low with their offer knowing Fehr was going to reach for the moon and the stars.

Yeah I think it's just a negotiating strategy. You ask for a lot so you have things to concede.

July 16, 2012  09:47 AM ET

It is a first proposal, nothing more. No need to get excited yet.

July 16, 2012  09:47 AM ET

71 comments? Do they remove comments from your total if you don't post for a while??

July 16, 2012  10:02 AM ET

There was the great comment deletion that ocurred a couple months ago. There were many good comments that were lost that day.

July 16, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Well that's just garbage, man.

July 16, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It is a first proposal, nothing more. No need to get excited yet.

Exactly. No need to pay attention to this until August when the real negotiations start.

July 16, 2012  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Let's see what Fehr comes back with for a proposal. The Buttgoblin and his minions are keenly aware of the slash and burn style of negotiating used in the past by the NHLPA (dick)head and no doubt started very low with their offer knowing Fehr was going to reach for the moon and the stars.My take on this whole fiasco is the the players made a big mistake hiring Donald Fehr. There isn't a whole lot of love for union in general at this point in history and especially for unions that have members making millions of $$$$ a year.

There ain't a whole lot of love for overly greedy business men wrecking the economy, either. Think of this as a matter-antimatter collision with all of us suffering the consequences.

July 16, 2012  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This will not end well...

Agreed

July 16, 2012  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

There ain't a whole lot of love for overly greedy business men wrecking the economy, either. Think of this as a matter-antimatter collision with all of us suffering the consequences.

sadly true. Alas, there are no more white hats

July 16, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This will not end well...

It certainly isn't starting well. They think this will intimidate the Fehrer.

 
July 16, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Typical negotiations, the real one won't start until about 2 weeks out from the beginning of the season.

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