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Old 10-14-2012, 08:48 AM   #151
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I caught an AHL game on SportsNet Yesterday afternoon. Good hockey, full of young payers looking to be noticed. Plus, as a Leaf fan, I can actually watch the Marlies win a few games for a change. If the AHL were more widely televised, I could definitely get my fix from it. I'm so pissed with yet another lockout. It'd almost be a pleasure to have a reasonable alternative to watch on TV.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:56 AM   #152
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I caught an AHL game on SportsNet Yesterday afternoon. Good hockey, full of young payers looking to be noticed. Plus, as a Leaf fan, I can actually watch the Marlies win a few games for a change. If the AHL were more widely televised, I could definitely get my fix from it. I'm so pissed with yet another lockout. It'd almost be a pleasure to have a reasonable alternative to watch on TV.

The Marlies AHL team has been pretty good in the past.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:13 AM   #153
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The Marlies AHL team has been pretty good in the past.
Yep. That's what makes them such a welcome alternative to the Leafs. I can watch a bunch of guys in blue sweaters win for a change!
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:48 AM   #154
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I'm so pissed with yet another lockout. It'd almost be a pleasure to have a reasonable alternative to watch on TV.
Good D1 hockey on NBC Sports over the weekend. Hope they add more games.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:54 AM   #155
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Watched a couple of the Icebreaker tournament games between baseball and football games.
Between college, minor league and international hockey, I could be perfectly
happy without the chronically dysfunctional NHL.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:32 AM   #156
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:06 PM   #157
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I caught an AHL game on SportsNet Yesterday afternoon. Good hockey, full of young payers looking to be noticed. Plus, as a Leaf fan, I can actually watch the Marlies win a few games for a change.
Your Maple Laffs are still undefeated. I mean, that's a reason to praise the lockout, no?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #158
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Your Maple Laffs are still undefeated. I mean, that's a reason to praise the lockout, no?
Maple "Laffs". I see what you did there. Very clever.

Actually, the ol' "Laffs" usually storm out of the gate. Right around this time of year, I've usually watched them win their first couple of games, and I'm well on the way to convincing myself that this season is going to be different Then, before I know it, it's mid-November and the wheels have fallen off...
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:19 AM   #159
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Here's the latest offer from the owners.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/85...elated-revenue
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:54 PM   #160
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Here's the latest offer from the owners.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/85...elated-revenue

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The key question players will have is just how the 50-50 split, down from the 57 percent earned by the players in the expired collective bargaining agreement, will affect their current signed contracts.

The NHL has backed down from earlier proposals for some systemic changes to player contracts, league sources told ESPN.com. Tuesday's offer also reopened the possibility of salary arbitration and called for unrestricted free agents to have at least eight years' service time (or be 28 years old), according to the sources.

Well, that's the 50/50 the media have been telling us to expect.

I predict that the owners will spin it as 'the same as other major sports' and it will be up to the players to capitulate or lose the season.
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Players should hold out. They have the upper hand. I think 50/50 is fair, but the players could easily get more.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #162
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Players should hold out. They have the upper hand. I think 50/50 is fair, but the players could easily get more.
Why, so they can afford to pay for their kid's braces?
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:22 PM   #163
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Players should hold out. They have the upper hand. I think 50/50 is fair, but the players could easily get more.
And they become the bad guys, great PR move by the owners.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:38 PM   #164
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And they become the bad guys, great PR move by the owners.
Sadly, there are no good moves here. They will lose fans that they cannot afford to lose. I guess tangentially it would be a plus mark on the owners side of the sheet, but in reality what has been gained? I know you are being sarcastic, but in your sarcasm is some dickhead lawyer lining up what they believe to be strategy of the highest order. Yeah, ok!
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:09 PM   #165
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And they become the bad guys, great PR move by the owners.
While i don't think it is fair, I think the average fan views the owners as the 1% and the players as the 99%. Obviously the average NHL player is making enough to be in the top 5%. The owners will always be the villains. They were the problem in the last lockouts and will be viewed that way for a while. People can hate Bettman all they want, but the bottom line is he is doing his job. He represents the owners, and his job is to get them the best deal. This PR stunt won't mean shit. The superstars are happy making 70% of their NHL contracts in other places.
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