“Thoughts on Thoughts” is a feature that looks at Elliotte Friedman’s terrific weekly post “30 Thoughts.” Justin Bourne selects his 10 favourite tidbits, and elaborates.
Last edition: Silence is golden for NHL, players
Friedman’s column, November 12th: Holding the line on contracts
Opening: Here’s a paragraph from Elliotte’s opening (which focuses on lockout analysis) that absolutely killed me (emphasis mine):
We know the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are close on revenue sharing. We know they are less than $400 million apart on the make-whole provision. They are still arguing over who is going to bear the financial burden of lost revenue from this season.
Wwww…hut? That’d be like going to dinner, arguing over who’s going to pay, and during the argument ordering and consuming more food. If neither side can afford it and wants to pay for it, why are we making the situation worse?
The rest of the opening discusses the “make whole” offer from owners, that led Elliotte to note that the current one would upset three quarters of the players in the union, which made me think: what would happen if one particular player really went off the rails and said “Fuck it, the current offer is fine, let’s do this, I want to play.” Kicked out of the union? Black-balled from the NHL? I don’t see the latter being likely if the guy is a legitimately good player… I’d love to see someone break from the mold and be honest, just to see what would happen. Read the rest of this entry »