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The NHL,basketball shoes 2012, and commissioner Gary Bettman in particular, have received a lot of the criticism from fans and the media throughout the current lockout, but the NHLPA is just as responsible for the 2012-13 season being in danger as the owners are.
The players have fought just as hard for what they want out of this new CBA as the owners have thus far, and thanks to their leader Donald Fehr, the union is well prepared for a lengthy labor battle with its employers.
Fehr's ability to strengthen unions has been on full display during his tenure with the NHL players, and because of his leadership, the NHLPA is the strongest it's been since in quite some time.
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To his credit, Fehr has his players fighting hard to make an agreement with the league that doesn't force them to take a huge reduction in salaries and make concessions on important contracting rights.
The players' motivation to fight for a fair deal has been intensified by the outcome of the last lockout when the owners won all the major issues at the expense of the 2004-05 season. They are trying to get back at the owners by taking a stand during this work stoppage, and that's not the best strategy for the sport.
You cannot allow the past to negatively affect the present and the future, but the players' hatred for Bettman is certainly a factor in these negotiations,nba shoes. Blasting the owners who made them very rich men is not only disrespectful, it doesn't help this process at all.
A number of veteran players shared their thoughts on the current labor dispute following Thursday's CBA meeting in Toronto, and Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan made the strongest comments of the day (via Bruce Arthur of the National Post).
Shane Doan: "Usually [it's] give me your money or I'm going to hurt you. Not give me your money AND I'm going to hurt you."
,, Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) October 18, 2012
The players are mad that the owners have the nerve to propose that they take another salary reduction after 24 percent of their salaries were rolled back in the previous CBA. What these players don't understand is that many of the owners' costs have probably increased dramatically in the last seven years.
The cost of running an NHL franchise is likely higher than it was seven years, so the fact that the owners are willing to go to 50-50 after receiving 43 percent of hockey-related revenues throughout the last deal should give the players plenty of motivation to accept some form of the owners' latest offer.
The players also haven't given a strong enough effort to negotiate throughout this entire process. The NHLPA made an offer to the league on September 12, and didn't make another one until they made three offers on Thursday, which were all shot down by the owners.
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If the players really cared about getting back on the ice as soon as possible, it wouldn't have taken them a month into the lockout to present a proposal and they wouldn't have gone overseas in such large numbers to play hockey without a new CBA.
The players' unwillingness to present a proposal for several weeks allowed the NHL to bring an offer to the table that was obviously not the best agreement from the players point of view, but it certainly isn't as bad as the one they signed in 2005.
As much as fans dislike Bettman, he has made a genuine effort to reach a deal and save the season, and it's hard to say that the players have made this same effort. Instead, they keep criticizing Bettman, which is accomplishing nothing.
Boston Bruins forward David Krejci recently spoke about Bettman (via an iSport.cz article that has been translated by Google).
,,We want to play, we,,re the ones who are doing the show in the NHL, but Bettman thinks it makes him. It is unfortunate that the NHL have such a guy. It,,s a shame for the entire hockey world. Treats us like animals.,,
Poor Krejci. You know times are hard when you're going to make $5.25 million per season in salary over the next three years.
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A cancelled season is going to hurt the players much more than it did last time, so the sooner the NHLPA wakes up,new basketball shoes, the sooner they will get back on the ice and begin the season.
Fehr has never backed down to owners in his history as executive director of the MLBPA or NHLPA and there's no reason to believe he will start now.
Fans should be scared that he will lead their favorite hockey players into a long, difficult battle with Bettman and the league that could result in another lost season.
The players are stiffening their spine under Fehr's leadership, but at the same time, they are hurting the sport that they love, while putting their fans through another terrible nightmare.
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Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston. Follow him on Twitter.


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