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Schneider on first CBA offer: “We’re not panicking”

Jul 16, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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Cory Schneider isn’t exactly a veteran of CBA negotiations – he was in college during the lockout – but he’s involved with the NHLPA side nonetheless. There’s been some disturbing talk resulting from the owners’ rather brash offer, yet Schneider told Elliott Pap that it’s not time to panic.

“I think the only thing I can say is it’s a first offer,” Schneider said. “It’s a starting point. We’re going to consider it and figure out what our counter proposal is going to be. Yes, it is a little shocking when you first look at it but, again, that’s how negotiations work. You aim high and then try to move back from there.”

“There is going to have to be a lot of give and take for us to come to an agreement, so we’re not too worried and we’re not panicking right now. We’re just going to take it one meeting at a time.”

Ah, Schneider really knows how to soothe our nerves … he’s even adapting the “one game at a time” cliche for the CBA talks. It’s worthwhile to note that there were plenty of people talking Chicken Littles off the ledge when the information from the early meetings was leaked, yet it’s nice to hear such calming conversation from someone actually involved.

Of course, not everyone on the players’ side was quite as mild-mannered.

Denver-based agent Kurt Overhardt called the opening offer “embarrassing” and said “everything they proposed defies sports labor law history” before admitting that he expects “cooler heads to prevail.”*

Who knows how many more peeks we’ll get behind the curtain of this process. Twitter and other newer forms of media weren’t around during the last negotiations. That might not sound like much, yet some believe that recent strenuous talks for the NBA and NFL were intensified by the heat of public opinion, which was right there for executives to read like never before.

Such an unnerving process will make the occasional “relax” message that much more appealing.

* – Heavily-used cliche count: at least two.

  1. scionofflame - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    I’m glad to see Schneider knows how to keep a level head. In any negotiation you aim for what you want, and then back down from there to a deal that satisfies both parties. It’s not meant to be ‘insulting’, or a ‘declaration of war’. It’s a starting point (Yes, a very different one from what the NHLPA wants), and the NHLPA will shoot back with their own offer that might be JUST as ridiculous.

    Lot of time left on these negotiations. I see no reason to panic or demonize NHL owners quite yet. It depends on how both sides work with each other, and who’s willing to budge to keep the game’s momentum going.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    “yet it’s nice to hear such calming conversation from someone actually involved” …

    No kidding ! In fact, it’s no surprise at all that the Canucks’ new # 1 goalie is the “sober” voice of reason. Both on and off the ice, Schneider literally “oozes” with quality and potential … and unlike his conceited and immature predecessor, he is a “fine” man who knows the deal ! Once this “sordid” Luongo issue is dealt with, the Canucks will have a truly wonderful future ahead for themselves !

    GO Schneider GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  3. cuffhimbanano - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Of course as Schneider was saying this Donald Fehr was dropping a Lincoln Log on the offer and making the necessary arrangements to FedEx it back to the owners.
    Cooler heads will eventually prevail, but not for a good while.

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    The NHL and NHLPA can’t possibly be so dumb to lose yet another season. If the fans lose a season, there shouldn’t be labor unrest for 10-15 years. Lose another season, you might drive more fans away than last time

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I’ve never owned a sports franchise but it seems impossible to not be able to at least break even. With all of the revenue sharing and potential tv money I find it hard to believe that some of these teams are losing as much money as they claim.

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