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Monday, December 13, 2004

Melnyk, Owners Standing Firm

The owner of the Ottawa Senators, Eugene Melnyk, says that the NHL's 30 owners are "unified" and are serious about fixing the long-term economic situation of the league.

"It's not a solution. Although the 24 percent rollback is something that we look at seriously, it's not a permanent solution to the problems," Melnyk says to the Ottawa Sun. "The most important thing is to fix the system. What we don't want to do is end up back in the same situation three, four or five years from now."

Melnyk isn't the only one speaking out about the latest proposal. Edmonton Oilers governor Cal Nichols conveyed that he is on the exact same page as Melnyk.

Nichols said, "In my opinion, and that of the Edmonton Oilers, it is an enticement to carry on doing essentially what we're doing and the Edmonton Oilers won't be here long-term if that's what we're prepared to accept."

And while no one really believed that the NHL would unequivocally accept the NHLPA's latest offer, the hope is that a meaningfull counter-proposal is in the works and ready to be deliviered by the league on Tuesday. If the proposal still hinges on a hard salary cap, then get ready for a long winter without NHL hockey.


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