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St. Louis: Union more 'together' this time around

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08:21 AM ET 08.28 | Like most labor disputes, this one, in the eyes of Marty St. Louis -- who's nearing 40 and likely to look overseas in the event of a lockout -- is years in the making. The problem, St. Louis said, is the current CBA, which cut player salaries 24 percent after the 2004-05 lockout, "was (the owners') deal. And now that deal is not good anymore, so it's hard. It's hard to negotiate like that." St. Louis stressed the union is "very strong, together, more than last time, no doubt about that. ... I believe in deadlines, and I think a lot is going to happen in the next month. Hopefully, we get a deal done." If not, St. Louis said he expects to be playing in Europe by mid October.

Tampa Bay Times

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August 28, 2012  08:43 AM ET

So what is the point of a "Union" if you are not unified/together?

August 28, 2012  09:04 AM ET

On another topic I kind of always wished he was a Blue

August 28, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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So what is the point of a "Union" if you are not unified/together?

exactly....

August 28, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Well then he will be glad to share tee times "together" in September

August 28, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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Well then he will be glad to share tee times "together" in September

Craig Button. :-)

August 28, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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On another topic I kind of always wished he was a Blue

A Blue...............Meanie??

August 28, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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A Blue...............Meanie??

It was more to the fact that what are the chance you can get a jersey with St. Louis on the front and back?

August 28, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Make sure they let you keep your passport Geno.

August 28, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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Make sure they let you keep your passport Geno.

Woops wrong thread.
Make sure they let you keep your passport Marty.

August 28, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Woops wrong thread.Make sure they let you keep your passport Marty.

nice recovery ;-)

August 28, 2012  10:19 AM ET

Milwaukee or Mad Town needs a hockey team....NEXT!

August 28, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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It was more to the fact that what are the chance you can get a jersey with St. Louis on the front and back?

there was a guy that played in the MLB many years ago called carlos may
he wore #17
he was the only MLB player to have his birthday on his uniform (true story)

August 28, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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there was a guy that played in the MLB many years ago called carlos may

he wore #17

he was the only MLB player to have his birthday on his uniform (true story)

I've had six Leaf fans FM me and ask when his birthday was. :-)

August 28, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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I've had six Leaf fans FM me and ask when his birthday was. :-)

if his name had been on the bottom of the jersey, it would have been no issue

August 28, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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Adios Marty.

At one time I was part of AFSCME in Pennsylvania. I swear their motto was: Every man for himself. It was the sorriest excuse for a union I ever saw.

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August 28, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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On another topic I kind of always wished he was a Blue

Whom the Hockey News picked to win the west this season if there is one I hope they are not depending on Brian Elliot to have as good a season this year

August 28, 2012  11:05 AM ET
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It is hard to side with the owners on this 1..they got everything they wanted on the last CBA....but i knew there was something wrong with it when the cap floor got so high...they should do a fixed 5 year 1...say 62 million cap and 45 million floor...keep those #'s for 5 years...THAT should keep the salaries in check.

The players didn't lose entirely. They kept their guaranteed contracts, had free agency reduced by 4 years that was a big plus for the players and a waiver rule change that also helped them.
I can't see the players signing off on a cap that doesn't move when revenues are going up.

 
August 28, 2012  11:07 AM ET
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The players didn't lose entirely. They kept their guaranteed contracts, had free agency reduced by 4 years that was a big plus for the players and a waiver rule change that also helped them.I can't see the players signing off on a cap that doesn't move when revenues are going up.

both sides presented it as better for the other. the truth is, it's ALWAYS a win/win whether they admit it or not.
The only real losers in any of this are the fans...that's a constant

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