Originally Posted by arctic_rogue
If we look at where the NHLPA and NHL have come since the very first offer, is there anything that the NHLPA has gained? I have the understanding that the issues have either remained status quo OR they have gone in the direction of NHL. If I am wrong on this, please correct me.
If that is the case, then I don't think the players need a reality check. Each and every one of us would fight to keep our current benefits and wages when faced with an employer that is seeking significant concessions. Just my $0.02.
I think that's true... the NHLPA has gained nothing. And I think part of the problem is the mentality that they should. If I'm a 3rd or 4th line player making 1mil to 1.5mil, and I see that 2/3 of the league is unprofitable, I wouldn't be fighting the league. I would be trying to make a deal, as I would recognize players costs spiralled out of control.
The fact that they aren't "gaining" anything in this CBA doesn't mean they are mistreated. That is exactly where the reality check needs to factor in.