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Toxicity Bubbles Out of NHL Proposal

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The NHL’s proposal on Tuesday for a new collective bargaining agreement was designed to get everyone thinking about winter. It did that, only the thoughts were more about those freak storms that start with a few flurries late at night, and leave you with a foot and a half of snow on the doorstep by the next afternoon.

Before the clouds came rolling in, the NHL was sitting pretty, having surprised the NHLPA by presenting a proposal after insisting throughout the month-long lockout that it was up to the union to put the next offer on the table. By proposing a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue, there was the appearance of grade-school fairness, even if an immediate, rather than a gradual drop from 57 percent was sure to rankle some players. At least there was room...

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