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Craig Adams on NHLPA proposal: “We feel really good about our offer”

Aug 14, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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Donald Fehr rolled out the NHLPA’s counter-proposal today, impressing players and Gary Bettman alike.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams was one of those impressed players, as he told Josh Yohe.

“We don’t want to be in this situation every five or six years anymore,” Adams said. “We feel really good about our offer.”

Yohe believes that the players are “strongly united behind Fehr.”

Perhaps the most pertinent detail is that Adams told Yohe that players “are not resigned” to a hard salary cap, but would consider accepting one if “other facets are acceptable.”

If Adams’ words and Yohe’s opinions are any indication, the players are far more focused and organized under Fehr than they were during the last CBA negotiations.


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  1. elvispocomo - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Wait, so how does this prevent the same situation every 5 or 6 years? It’s a 3 year deal with an option for a 4th – that doesn’t mean one side or the other can’t come out with a wild first offer for the next CBA and a lockout is threatened all over again.

    • chizmo - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      maybe it means if they do it right this time, the next time CBA negotiations come around there won’t be such a significant amount of debate between the two parties. if they come up with a flawed plan now just so the season can go on without a hitch, then the exact same thing will happen when the next round of talks happen.

      also, it seems that the owners will probably want a longer term on the deal anyway…

      • elvispocomo - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        Agreed on doing it right the first time, but we can also see both sides aren’t going to agree on everything right away after the owners proposed more cuts in their first offer.

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