Lost season, a question about next years offer

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  1. SJeasy

    SJeasy Registered User

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    If they lose the season, are the players looking at an ownership that has examined its own books. If the owners are really looking at their costs and the revenue is significantly reduced because of the lost season, it seems that many of the non-player costs (arena rental, interest payments, etc.) are fixed. This would mean that as a percent of revenues a reasonable offer will be reduced from the percentage currently on the table because the fixed costs will automatically become a higher percentage.
     
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    If this season is lost, my guess is that the players are not going to enjoy the offers they see from this point on. The owners know they have the wherewithal to outlast the players, so if this becomes a grudge match - they will settle for nothing less than breaking the NHLPA, and slashing the players future contracts to a level they would not have thought possible.
    Goodenow has convinced the players that if they are only patient, that the owners will eventually cave in and that they will end up being able to keep their present level of compensation. What the players have not come to grips with, is that Goodenow can afford to be patient for 10 years - the players cannot. Each season lost, is a huge chunk out of their careers.
    The players have as much chance winning this, as a pilot flying a piper cub has of winning a dogfight with an F-18. The pilot may be brilliant, and have lots of mental toughness, but the power and resources of his opponent are simply overwhelming.
     
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