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A deal that is bad, very bad and worse

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08:27 AM ET 12.31 | More than ever, a resolution seems near, with the NHL, according to many, set to begin in January. It's time, for the first time, for these players to be selfish and put themselves first, ahead of the generation that will follow. Some locked out three times, many more locked out twice, these world-class athletes have paid enough of a price. This is going to be a bad deal (again, all within context) for the players, a very bad deal for players whose contracts expire at the end of this season, and a worse deal for the fans in big markets who pay the freight for their small-market cousins, but whose teams will be limited by a tightening cap and the NHL's commitment to genetic engineering.

New York Post

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December 31, 2012  09:43 AM ET

If the NHL is committed to "genetic engineering" I'm positive Puckhead is praying they don't use MAF as a donor.

December 31, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Over Napoleon's 20 year watch, the NHL has not played around 10 percent of its scheduled games...NHL action, it isn't FANtastic!

December 31, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Funny thing about this deal, it still doesn't fix the problem the NHL has.

December 31, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Funny thing about this deal, it still doesn't fix the problem the NHL has.

a faulty commisioner?
teams where they shouldn't be?
Owners that need to be smacked upside the head?
A salary cap?
Instigator rule?

December 31, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Funny thing about this deal, it still doesn't fix the problem the NHL has.

Yup. Both side are deliberately putting their heads in the sand on the need for contraction . Ten years from now it will be front and centre.

December 31, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Funny thing about this deal, it still doesn't fix the problem the NHL has.

This is the NHL. They don't fell good when they enjoy the fruits of their labors. They just have to throw some sawdust on top of that filet mignon.

December 31, 2012  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

a faulty commisioner?teams where they shouldn't be?Owners that need to be smacked upside the head?A salary cap?Instigator rule?

Pierre M. , afternoon games , the shoot out , horribly easy to get second assists...........

December 31, 2012  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

a faulty commisioner?
teams where they shouldn't be?
Owners that need to be smacked upside the head?
A salary cap?
Instigator rule?

The list just goes on and on

December 31, 2012  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The list just goes on and on

I only have so much RAM in this PC

December 31, 2012  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If the NHL is committed to "genetic engineering" I'm positive Puckhead is praying they don't use MAF as a donor.

Please don't use any Russian blood, except for a select few, I'm getting tired of them.

December 31, 2012  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

a faulty commisioner?teams where they shouldn't be?Owners that need to be smacked upside the head?A salary cap?Instigator rule?

In my opinion it should be a few team relocating and much better revenue sharing. That's it. The league wants parity, but they don't want to pay for it.

Maybe the instigator rule too, but i'm not talking about things like that and the trapezoid

December 31, 2012  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

In my opinion it should be a few team relocating and much better revenue sharing. That's it. The league wants parity, but they don't want to pay for it.Maybe the instigator rule too, but i'm not talking about things like that and the trapezoid

here's a switch from my (so-called) socialist leanings:
I think revenue sharing is about as anti-capitalist as you can get, I never did like it. I have the same argument with the Cap. Can you imagine if those two things were presented in the real world of business?
"yeah hi, Mr. gates...."
good luck

December 31, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

here's a switch from my (so-called) socialist leanings:I think revenue sharing is about as anti-capitalist as you can get, I never did like it. I have the same argument with the Cap. Can you imagine if those two things were presented in the real world of business?"yeah hi, Mr. gates...."good luck

Remember the system they play in. Caps, salaries tied to revenue, limited options. It's not a free market. So since this is the world the NHL wants then make the best from it. The league functions as one and in order to succeed the teams have to also. Once they do then with competitive balance will come a stronger all around league.

December 31, 2012  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Remember the system they play in. Caps, salaries tied to revenue, limited options. It's not a free market. So since this is the world the NHL wants then make the best from it. The league functions as one and in order to succeed the teams have to also. Once they do then with competitive balance will come a stronger all around league.

I don't know about this. Does parity (a far nicer word than mediocrity!) really make for a stronger league and better "product"? I say no

December 31, 2012  03:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Pierre M. , afternoon games , the shoot out , horribly easy to get second assists...........

Second assists?

And yet, no one has YET to touch the greatest record in all of sports; the 10 points in one game record set by Sittler, Darryl

December 31, 2012  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I don't know about this. Does parity (a far nicer word than mediocrity!) really make for a stronger league and better "product"? I say no

Parity means more fan bases buy in every year, it's what works so well in the NFL. When fan bases buy in they spend more money. More money from teams = better NHL. Parity is what every sport strives for now. Gone will be the dynasty days, for better or worse.

December 31, 2012  10:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

here's a switch from my (so-called) socialist leanings:I think revenue sharing is about as anti-capitalist as you can get, I never did like it. I have the same argument with the Cap. Can you imagine if those two things were presented in the real world of business?"yeah hi, Mr. gates...."good luck

You're comparing free enterprise with an entity with immunity to anti-trust laws. Can't be done.

December 31, 2012  11:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Remember the system they play in. Caps, salaries tied to revenue, limited options. It's not a free market. So since this is the world the NHL wants then make the best from it. The league functions as one and in order to succeed the teams have to also. Once they do then with competitive balance will come a stronger all around league.

Sober up and rewrite this.

 
December 31, 2012  11:10 PM ET

And i never thought id say this...gulp.. good article Brooksie.

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