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NHLNHL lockout Day 68: Fan's comment of the day

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 | 12:46 PM

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NHLPA head Donald Fehr, left, and league commissioner Gary Bettman remain embroiled in a lockout stalemate. (Getty Images) NHLPA head Donald Fehr, left, and league commissioner Gary Bettman remain embroiled in a lockout stalemate. (Getty Images)

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With negotiations making little progress, Thursday's fan's comment comes from CBCSports.ca user CootCoot, who believes neither Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr can show public weakness.
In his latest blog, Hockey Night in Canada commentator Elliotte Friedman wrote that there are still too many hard lines being drawn in NHL talks.

With negotiations making little progress, Thursday's fan's comment comes from CBCSports.ca user CootCoot, who believes neither Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr can show public weakness.

"Ya know what the problem is - neither side can afford to be perceived as the weaker link. Bettman has probably promised the owners that the players will cave because they love the game more than the money it pays them.

Sure the money is better than good but when you get past the point where money is the principal motivator you must appreciate that players do what they do (place themselves in danger of life altering injury, put up with questionable officiating, throw themselves in front of slap shots, give and take punishing contact with opposing players and solid parts of arenas and endure highly variable ice conditions) because they love to play the game.

Fehr has told the players that any further concessions on their part will put them about six inches deep inside an area where the sun don't shine.

And in their own minds both Bettman and Fehr are right. But in this case two rights make a wrong. They both can't win. So each is going to have to yield but not so much that they look like the loser.

And that is what is making this whole tedious process so endless. Maybe the two of them have to sit down together and decide on a method of slicing the pie so that neither loses face. It seems to me to be the only way it will be resolved."

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