Leipold" "Foreigners can be replacement players"

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  1. transplant99

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    From todays Tennessean...


    http://www.tennessean.com/sports/predators/archives/05/01/66371015.shtml?Element_ID=66371015
     
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    Aside from the fact the majority of the NHLPA members are foreigners themselves!
     
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    Every word spoken about replacements players is a waste of air. Every word written about replacements players in papers is utter waste of both ink and paper. :help:

    Its only a shallow tactic to scare the players... Its not possible to shake up 600 players that are willing to be scabs. There needs to be some quality.

    The big question should be, how stuipid are the press who keeps writing about this?
     
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    How does someone this stupid get to be a billionaire?. NHL players in Europe aren't replacements because there's no work stoppage in Europe..
     
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    I'm for replacement players - as long as they don't come out of the SEL. First the NHL conflict screws things up for all the younger players wanting to break into the SEL, then if the NHL starts again all our good players will leave, leaving us with 4th liners, juniors and unmotivated NHL:ers?

    I don't like it. :shakehead
     
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    Jesus, what a nimrod. No, it's not the same, because the American players aren't replacing locked out (or striking) European players, and European labor law is different anyway.

    Canadian labor law is pretty much written in stone. This guy should explain exactly how NHL replacement players would be able to circumvent it.
     
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    This belongs in the dumb things said during the lockout. And IMO it's right up there with Modano and his dog.
     
  8. SENSible1*

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    Unless of course the NHL lawyers have found a loophole.
     
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    He didn't say the NHL players are replacement players in Europe in the quote, he just said they took some jobs. I'm sure he is well aware of the difference.

    What I read into it was that he was taking a sarcastic dig at NHLPA members playing in Europe, and it was more of a comment on what he perceives as the hypocrisy of them taking people's jobs, then complaining about "scabs."

    ''That is inaccurate information, according to what I've been told from labor lawyers,'' he said. ''Replacement players can be anybody, from Europe to Alaska or anywhere else. It's also my understanding that they can play in all 30 markets."

    That would certainly go against everything we've read about the topic, and my guess is that this is wrong info, but I don't own an NHL team and consult with labor lawyers, so perhaps there is a loophole(s) that we don't know about, or perhaps <gasp> the media might be misinformed about what they're writing about on the topic. We certainly haven't seen any of that since the start of the lockout.
     
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    A loophole where? For what purpose? There is no way to start a league with replacement players... If the PA don't cave in who would play? Give me a name? Retired players? Who is that Steve Larmer or Mark Messier? Yeah right... Players from Europe, ok who are they? Give me a name! 99% of the players in Europe are signed no latter then may. I can't think of a single swede who went unsigned into July this last summer... NHL could sign these players because they had a agreement with the IIHF, that agreement is history... So who are left, players from the CHL, AHL, ECHL and the UHL? Well I doubt any good prospects would be willing to be scabs, no matter if they play in the AHL or CHL. So who is left? 600 players from the UHL/ECHL and some from veterans from the AHL. Oh man that is gooing to be some product... :lol
     
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    The winner of the Hart Trophy in 05/06 iiiiiiisssss Val Kamensky!!! O´boy Bettmans plan of a new start of the NHL sure is gooing to be successfull!!!!!!!

    Seriously a league with scabs isn't happening. Why don't media get this? :lol

    Whats up with Al Stratchan, he can't seriously belive himself what he is writing... :teach:
     
  12. SENSible1*

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    I'm not sure why I'm bothering, but your post is based on the assumption that the NHL makes its move after the European's have been signed and that no PA members would cross.

    I'm not sure either assumption has any merit.
     
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    You know, these billionaires might not be so smart...but they do have the money to hire people that ARE smart, people who are paid a lot of money to find loopholes every single day.

    It's no sure thing to be sure, but to cavalierly dismiss out of hand the possibility of replacement players might be putting the cart before the horse a bit.

    If anything, that little stunt yesterday with those guys offering to buy the entire league should be a reminder that this thing could have plot twists that nobody, not even the message board lawyers, have thought of yet. This could get interesting.
     
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    I swear I remember reading something about someone in Montreal government saying that the law restricting replacements had specific wording exempting professional sports teams. I can't find it now, unfortunately.

    Seems like the law is rarely black and white, especially when it comes to business. I wouldn't be surprised at all if some very smart lawyers believe there are few barriers to replacement players in all 30 markets. They still might be wrong, though.
     
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    In the interest of accuracy, isn't it about time we referred to NHL players now employed overseas as, Displacement Players?

    kpd/hoh
     
  16. SPARTAKUS*

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    What are you afraid of? I'll tell you what you're afraid of. You're afraid that the NHL with replacement players might work. Because you know damn well that a majority of hockey fans are behing the owners. So it doesn't matter who is playing, Come next October it will be GAME ON. And I predict that the attendance will be around 50% to 75% full capacity. It's the only way this thing will get settle one way or the other.
     
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    No... it's impossible, ask Wetcoaster. ;)
     
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    Bravo. I think some of the owners are stunned how much work is out there and were a little too optimistic on starving out the players.
     
  19. Tinordi24*

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    So true!

    People come out to watch teams play not individual players. People like Wetcoaster will tell you otherwise but there will be no huge drop in attendance. Take that to the bank.

    Replacements have a way of CRUSHING unions. The only hope the NHLPA has is by not allowing them or otherwise impeding them.

    Besides if replacements do start to play the floodgates will open and tons of NHLers will start flowing through them.

    You have to be a SERIOUS NHLPA JIHADIST to think otherwise!
     
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    The best part of this scenerio (if it happens) the fans finally have a say in all of this mess...one way or another you money will speak volumes!!!
     
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    Maybe where you live the majority of fans are behind the owners, but down here its another story. 50-75% attendance and you would consider that successful? You must have attended the NHL School of Business Management. If Edmonton can't keep a float with almost 100% attendance how are they going to keep afloat with 50%? If Phoenix can't fill a new arena with NHL stars how do they stand a chance with a bunch of NHL wannabe's?

    This league will never work with replacements. No corporate sponsorship. No season ticket holders paying the big bucks and dumping their money into merchandise, etc. It's a joke.

    Please name one union replacement players have crushed? MLB? Nope. NFL? Nope.

    True, but why would I pay top dollar to watch NHL replacement players when I can pay $34 to sit on the glass at a junior level junior and see the same level of play.
     
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    I don't think so. MLB couldn't figure out a way for the Expos and Blue Jays to play in Canada with replacement players 10 years ago. So I really don't think there's a univeral exemption from law just because you happen to be a sports team.

    Ontario's laws on replacement workers has changed since then, but it's on the agenda to re-introduce a ban on scab workers.

    I'm sure there are some lawyers out there who think it will work in all 30 markets with scabs of any nationality. But they have to convince labor boards and governments, not just Nashville's owner.
     
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    I thought that neither Montreal nor BC recongnized the NHLPA as a union.
     
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    Heh. Was thinking that myself. :lol

    Wetcoaster has some good info, but he's just so "black only" (as opposed to seeing everything in black & white). For example, he quotes Avirom who says "There are a lot of complicated regulations and there are always visa issues" in regards to replacements.

    To me, I read that and see that it will be a complicated matter getting replacement players up and running, and there will be issues with getting visas. Insurmountable issues? He doesn't say that at all.

    Wetcoaster reads that and says "Nope. It cannot happen".

    There's just no acknowledgement whatsoever that issues can be worked around, and that the law isn't as black and white as he likes to portray.
     
  25. Tinordi24*

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    Lets assume 75% attendance!!! Lets also assume you give replacement players 50% of the salaries NHL players would otherwise have (HUGE ASSUMPTION HERE AS most would get a fraction of the 1.8 mil average!!)....To me you'd cut costs tremendously since player salaries are about 75% of revenues. Edmonton would come out shining!

    I consider the NFL situation as CRUSHING the union....but thats besides the point...let me put it another way ...

    If replacement players are brought in then I guarantee you players will cross the line and all it takes is guys like NHL versions of Howie Long and Joe Montana to do so and their teammates will follow suit.

    Besides I feel the NHLPA is already CRUSHED!
     
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