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But can we please dispense with the nonsense that just because the players are whining, overpaid, spoiled asses, that the owners are somehow right, or more laughably, somehow morally correct?

I'll admit (that while I shake my head in disbelief at both parties) that I have leaned towards the owners side more times than not. But believe me when I say that it's not because I think that the owners are right or (justifiably laughable) morally correct.

[One second. Owners. Morally correct. Bwahahahahaa.]

Okay I'm back.

The reason I lean towards the owners side is simply because they hold all the cards, or at least they can conceal them for a much longer time before having to fold. I feel for the players. Most of them aren't business-minded folk. They're Hockey players and they hired Bob Goodenow to take care of their NHLPA-related interests. Unfortunately, good old Bobby has led the players down a slippery slope trying to push a boulder up a greased hill.

The title of the thread asks, "How can the NHLPA win?" They can't win, yet they drink to the Pied Piper Koresh Kool Aid and believe they can. Or at least they're being forced to believe it. That's where I find fault. The best offer they could have received is long gone -- and even the worst case offer is better than not playing and letting the much-storied legacy of the NHL fall apart at the seams. If there are players who are so concerned about the NHL as slave labour, then maybe those players should have studied a little harder and gone to business school instead.

Unfortunately there are some players who would have accepted the previous offer(s) and they're being taken along for the Rah-rah ride.

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