NHL Lockout 2012: Players Must Accept Latest Offer from Owners and End Insanity

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NHL Lockout 2012: Players Must Accept Latest Offer from Owners and End Insanity
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With a new offer in hand from ownership, the  NHL Players' Association finds itself in a position to end the NHL Lockout.

After 104 days, 646 canceled regular-season games (not including the Winter Classic, which would have been played next week) and the cancellation of the NHL All-Star Game, the Players' Association must bring an end to the insanity.

Multiple sources, including Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, are reporting that a new offer—one that has significant movement on some issues from ownership—has in fact been made and received by the Players' Association (via Twitter):

LeBrun breaks down the new offer here, but there are really only two things that the NHLPA might take issue with in the new offer (via Twitter):

It's understandable why the players might take issue with those two things, seeing as how it impacts their bottom line.

I'd never begrudge anyone, in any profession, from making money. While some of us love our jobs, at the end of the day, the numbers on your paycheck mean something more than the love of the job, more than the love of the game.

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I get it.

At some point, though, the minimal gains that could be achieved by continuing to haggle over percentage points and a million dollars here, a million dollars there—when compared to the big picture—isn't worth dragging the second NHL work stoppage in the past eight years on for much longer.

Granted, there's quite a bit for the NHLPA to digest in this new offer, a point that wasn't lost on LeBrun (via Twitter): 

While that review is going on, the NHLPA must remember that the owners did move on a number of key issues, and that there may not be another offer after this.

Someone needs to stop the insanity, end the lockout, get back on the ice, and save the sport.

That puck is firmly on the tape of the NHLPA's mighty stick.

Like any good sniper, it's time for the players to put the biscuit in the basket.

Missing the net on this one isn't an option, and doing so makes the players just as culpable as the owners in this whole mess.

Nobody wins when that happens.

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