That's right, thanks to the "death tax" guy, hockey fans are going to be subjected to the messaging Republican governors have deployed against public workers like teachers and fire fighters over the past few years. Deadspin has the details:
One participant gleaned from the content of these speeches the phrases and concepts the NHL might use going forward. The league is eager to portray individual players as not in step with the union, claiming that the majority of them don't believe or don't buy into the rhetoric used by Donald Fehr and NHLPA leaders, and that they just want to play hockey. "The players are not the enemy," the NHL may very well tell you. "The union is the problem."It's like how Mitt Romney says he loves teachers, he just hates their unions. And it's shared sacrifice as in, the owners asked for two arms and two legs, so if the players give up an arm and a leg, the owners have sacrificed half what they wanted.
As for the owners' slogan, one laughable phrase kept coming up: "Shared sacrifice."
"Maybe we asked for too much at first," Luntz's mock-NHL-exec speech went, "but we're willing to give. The NHLPA has to be willing to give as well, if we're going to give the fans back their hockey. There's no way we're going to do this without both sides bringing something to the table."
In reality, hockey players are the NHL Players Association, and the owners are looking for ways to mask their own greed.