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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 | 10:44 AM

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How long are NHL players like Dion Phaneuf willing to be out of work for? (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press) How long are NHL players like Dion Phaneuf willing to be out of work for? (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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With NHL lockout now a reality, CBCSports.ca not only wants to help guide you through the labour rhetoric, but we also want you to have a voice.

With NHL lockout now a reality, CBCSports.ca not only wants to help guide you through the labour rhetoric, but we also want you to have a voice.

So until the game we love returns, we will highlight one fan's take on the labour dispute in the NHL each day.

Here's Monday's comment from a CBCSports.ca user who goes by the handle Niter213:

"The players can only hope for 50/50 as a BEST case scenario now. A lockout means a lost battle for them, whether they like it or not. It's just a matter of how long they wanna deny this reality for now.....

When the league takes it to a work stoppage, you better believe it is to force the players to settle for less, they'll have no option. The owners can wait this out much longer than the players can. The lifespan of a career hockey player isn't long enough to be stubborn, and the so called "solidarity" amongst the NHLPA and the players they represent will dissolve, it's just a matter of time.

I'm with the owners, and anyone who understands economics, and what makes the business world go around should too. The owners are second only to us, the fans in order of importance to the survival of the NHL. The players are the least important factor, and better put their egos aside and wake up to that fact.

The return of the Jets was made possible by the passion of the fans in Winnipeg first and foremost, and the desire to have and sustain the team. This passion and desire was recognized by the potential owners, True North, as something worth investing the enormous amount of money and risk involved to purchase and run an NHL Team. So the 2 main factors were in place. Placing players on the Jets roster is just filler, there will always be hockey players.

For those players that can't grasp this concept, maybe you had better consider doing some due diligence, as this is the reality of the entire business world in North America. Walmart doesn't split it's revenue 50/50 with it's cashiers, and at the end of the day that is what the the players are in this equation, the cashiers.

Players sense of entitlement is offensive to all us fans who live in this real world."


Want to share your opinion? Do you think you have a comment that could save the hockey season? Tweet me @JordanShifman or post a comment to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/CBCSports and come back every day to see what fans like you had to say.

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