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Players reject option to decertify for time being

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09:38 AM ET 11.18 | The option of decertifying as a union was presented to the players in at least a quasi-formal fashion for the first time on Wednesday during a conference call that was open to the full membership of the NHLPA, Slap Shots has learned. We're told Don and Steve Fehr outlined three options for the players in the face of the NHL's ongoing militancy as follows, and in no particular order: 1) Decertification; 2) Capitulation; 3) Continued negotiations in an attempt to end the owners' lockout. Sources report that few players expressed interest in opening Doors 1 or 2. Rather, an overwhelming number of players on the call directed union leadership to continue on the path through Door No. 3. The players were told opting for decertification would not merely represent a legal technicality, it would in fact mean the players would no longer be negotiating as a unified group; indeed, decertification would mean the union would be disbanded.

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November 18, 2012  09:51 AM ET

The only way for the NHL to finally be rid of Bettman is for the players to not back down. Bad for the fans but ultimately good for hockey in the long run. Bettman sold to the owners that the players would back down. If they don't, then there has been three lock outs and two lost seasons all on Bettman's watch. The owners should finally say "enough"! If the players cave in then you will likely have to endure Bettman for years to come and really, nobody needs that!!

I love hockey, but it needs a fresh start from the Tsunami Bettman has created!

November 18, 2012  10:03 AM ET

The players were told opting for decertification would not merely represent a legal technicality, it would in fact mean the players would no longer be negotiating as a unified group; indeed, decertification would mean the union would be disbanded.



Desertification is a larger issue than the NHLPA...

November 18, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The only way for the NHL to finally be rid of Bettman is for the players to not back down. Bad for the fans but ultimately good for hockey in the long run. Bettman sold to the owners that the players would back down. If they don't, then there has been three lock outs and two lost seasons all on Bettman's watch. The owners should finally say "enough"! If the players cave in then you will likely have to endure Bettman for years to come and really, nobody needs that!!I love hockey, but it needs a fresh start from the Tsunami Bettman has created!

unless the owners get shellacked in a labor negotiation, then theres no way it will happen. Sad for fans.

November 18, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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unless the owners get shellacked in a labor negotiation, then theres no way it will happen. Sad for fans.

Sometimes I think Bettman considers the fans a necessary inconvenience.

November 18, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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The players were told opting for decertification would not merely represent a legal technicality, it would in fact mean the players would no longer be negotiating as a unified group; indeed, decertification would mean the union would be disbanded.

Desertification is a larger issue than the NHLPA...

Indeed it is GB. And probably linked to Global Warming. However, it is only a issue in Phoenix right now. :-)

November 18, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Indeed it is GB. And probably linked to Global Warming. However, it is only a issue in Phoenix right now. :-)

And all along I thought it was just one giant desert to begin with!!!

You'd think the NHL would have seen it as a sign...

November 18, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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And all along I thought it was just one giant desert to begin with!!!

You'd think the NHL would have seen it as a sign...

Some of them have trouble seeing over the dashboard.

November 18, 2012  11:16 AM ET
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Some of them have trouble seeing over the dashboard.

For example...

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November 18, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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NHL games are shown on the wildlife channel or some other two bit station. Probably less than 1% of the US population care if there will be a season or not.

So who's racing today Sparkles?

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