Funny Matt Cullen Story...

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  1. Beukeboom Fan

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    Nice story about Matt Cullen's European work experience. The part that I thought was interesting, beyond Matt enjoying the lack of hitting, was that Cullen is making $7,920 per month. The article said Cullen made $1.75M last year with FLA, which was abut $7,113 per PERIOD of hockey over a full season. Cullen was making almost as much per PERIOD the Panthers played last season than he now makes in a MONTH!


    http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=111351
     
  2. Kickabrat

    Kickabrat WHAT - ME WORRY?

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    And why is it again that the players are willing to play in Europe for a fraction of what they would be making in the NHL even with a cap structure in place?
     
  3. Beukeboom Fan

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    Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but I think it's ironic that the NHLPA's lock-out fund ($5-10K per month) is paying Cullen about the same as his Italian team.
     
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    I think it's ironic that Cullen's Italian league salary combined with his lockout pay pays less in a month than what he earns from a single NHL game yet the PA say they're being treated unfairly.
     
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    just goes to show how poorly Bettman has treated the negotiations. i have heard numerous comments from players suggesting they dont like the offer being rammed down their throats.

    if the NHL had tried a little sugar instead of their hardline take it or leave it efforts, hockey would be on.

    why else would the WHA say, in response to why the players would play for a capped WHA, "its all about how you sell it to the players".

    the players want nothing to do with a Bettmann solution. the sooner the owners replace him as their chief negotiator, the sooner the players will be back on the ice on the owners terms.

    pretty simple really.

    change the messanger and get the results.

    dr
     
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    Perhaps negotiations should go like this:

    Bettman: We're offering a cap.
    Goodenow: We'll never accept a cap.
    Bettman: Pretty please.
    Goodenow: No.
    Bettman: Pretty please with sugar on top.
    Goodenow: OK, it's a deal.

    If what you're saying is true -- and I highly doubt it is -- then the players association is dumber than I thought. If the players are willing to participate in a capped WHA or earn pennies on the dollar in Europe because they don't like Gary Bettman they're simply stupid. I don't think that's the case and I think your theory is ludicrous.
     
  7. But he signed with Carolina before the lockout began for $800,000 so his contract has already been cut in half. I would guess that his future contracts would also reduce significantly if there is a cap in place (probably not the 50% reduction but you never know if the lockout lasts 2 yrs).
     
  8. Why are they dumb? Because they don't feel appreciated when they go to work by their employer? I left my last company for the primary reason that they did not respect me or treat me well. I was only lucky to be making more money at the new job but even if it was for less money, I would work at a place where I like my employer and my employer treats me well. And I don't buy the excuse that just cause they're making a lot of money that it shouldn't matter to them how they're treated. I'm not sure if you just remove Bettman that the players would agree to a salary cap but there were better ways for the league to approach the matter (and yes the players could've also responded better with their "we'll never accept a salary cap" as well).
     
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    Two points to tackle...

    One, the players don't work for Gary Bettman exactly. Yes, they have to deal with him right now, due to the "negotiations", but on the whole, when hockey is back on, they have very few dealings with him (except during suspensions or when he hands the playoff winner the Stanley Cup - I'm sure they can stomach him for those few minutes). They work for their coach/GM/President/Owner. So while Bettman may make their skin crawl right now, in the end, it's all how in how they're received once they go back to work. For the most part, the owners have kept quiet on the issue (other than mainly saying that the lockout is necessary and that they're all losing less money now than before). Sure some have stuck their foot in their mouths (Karmanos and Jacobs to name two) but otherwise, I don't think any of the owners have said anything objectionable. So I don't see the players having a problem going back to work.

    As for the second issue, you say that you'd take a drop in pay to work somewhere where you felt you were better appreciated. Fair enough, I think most of us (unless we're really hard pressed for money) would do the same. The question is, how far would you go. Would you take a job elsewhere knowing your salary would drop 40%? How about if it dropped 50%? 60%? I know I wouldn't, and that's exactly what's happening to the players in Europe.
     
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    clearly you dont understand the art of negotiation.

    dr
     
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    not sure whether you've heard - the player's don't get along with the nhl owner's -
     
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    And if your previous statement is any indication, you don't have any room to say this to anyone else. Remember, people who live in glass houses...
     
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    If you're willing to accept 20 percent of your current salary because you feel your current company's CEO - a guy you have contact with maybe once a year - doesn't show you enough respect, then you are dumb.
    And anyone who thinks these guys can make a case for being treated unfairly is crazy. They fly chartered planes, get the best of medical care, stay in five-star hotels and have people tend to their every whim while getting paid exorbinant sums of money for a 8-9 months of work every year. Not treated well?
     
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    Not sure if youve heard, but that been pretty much a constant since the NHL has been in existance. Oddly enough, these players still dedicated their lives to making it to this league.
     
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    i certainly don't dispute that - however mr bettman and the owner's are missing the chance to make thing's right once and for all - negotiate
     
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    Well put.

    Playing "nice" isn't going to make the PA any more likely to accept the offer the league is making. What will make them accept it is when they wake up and realize that the "awful" deal they're getting from the "unappreciative" owners is still a good order of magnitude than any deal they'd get anywhere else.

    "Pretty please with sugar on top?" LAFFO!
     
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    well, i would suggest you dont have any idea what i do for a living.

    dr
     
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    I don't have any idea what you do for a living either, but I'd bet negotiating how to divvy up a $2.1 billion pie isn't in your job description.
     
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    Professional Internetter? (You seem to be on these boards all the time).
     
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    Professional Avatar Changer?
     
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    I would have guessed roadie/fan boy for metal bands. I can assure you it has nothing to do with the art of negotiation or seminars on when to use upper case letters.
     
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    Just like you have no idea what I do for a living.

    You may very well know the in's and out's of negotiating large and complex deals, I don't have the first clue.

    I'll admit that I've only been an observer of the negotiating process, never being directly involved in the proceedings. So I can't know all of the details and strategies that go into one like this. And I know that the process varies widely; different businesses, different industries, different situations, different factors leading into the sessions, etc. The possibilities are almost endless.

    I won't assume to know what could possibly happen to open up these talks. But even through my very limited knowledge on the subject, I'm not really going out on a limb in saying that your suggestion before was too simplistic. If it was that simple, this would have been resolved or at least started progressing months ago.
     
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    fair response.

    you sound like an experianced business guy, send me a PM sometime.

    dr

    edit: too funny. i thought your reply was the only one, as i read it first. i was going to say i expected childesh insults but realized you are always a fair minded poster. i took it out, but now it seems my 1st thoughts were right (although not from you, just that people on this board cant resist) .. lol.
     
  24. Brent Burns Beard

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    hey i just learned how to do that !

    yes, i opened my self up for a shot there. clearly, i am not a professional debater !

    dr
     
  25. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    again, i opened up myself for a shot. poor call on my part.

    you are correct.

    dr
     
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