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I don't think they can win. I think the owners are literally going for broke. If they pull it off getting the green light to start the season with replacement players from the courts..... they aren't backing down. Hockey is a side hobby for most owners. They can absorb the losses over a time. What they are putting their foot down on.... is their teams being a perpetual money pit. I think they will shut it down if the players don't come around and they lose money in a big way for a season or two.So, in my opinion (and if in their shoes I would) they will go all the way to blow up the current reality that their teams are money losers year in and year out. The fact they can weather the storm and absorb the losses means they hold the cards. They are smart enough to know that. Keith Tkachuk will be missing his paychecks far sooner than the owners will. Further, Keith Tkachuk is not a charity case... his pay should represent an investment in profitable production. The owners understand that sort of thing about businesses.Personally, I think it will take watching "scabs" play next season for the players to get it. But, I think they will.... and I think their paychecks will be lower than they would have if they wouldn't have dug their heels in demanding to drink from a dry well. And if so.... GOOD!!!!
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