Of course you never start a negotiation with your actual final offer, or you're not negotiating. But you usually try to make the first offer at least appear as though you INTENDED it to be a "good-faith offer". They had to start somewhere, but taking the players from 57% of hockey revenue down to 42% is kind of lame.
I'm not going to bother getting worried about it (the labor strife) this time. Last time wore me out. It's not like we have a Cup to defend, an elite #1 starter to lose, or got bumped to 30th in the draft. If there's hockey in October, great. If they fuck it up with their intransigence and stupid egotism--AGAIN-- then they deserve to be called smegma and beyond that there's nothing we can do about it really