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Saturday, January 22, 2005

It's Burke time

Brian Burke made his regular weekly appearance on Sportstalk Friday night. What did he have to say? Well, nothing that we haven't heard before. You know you've hit the absolute bottom when you catch yourself yawing while in the midst of listening to a speaker who radiates prescence.

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Burke - I still don't understand why he isn't the Canuck's GM - and even though I may not always agree with what he says, I'm always engrossed in the conversation. That changed a bit last night. No, it had nothing to do with Burke, it had everything to do with the fact that the NHL lockout banter is beyond ridiculous now. I'm starting to completely tune out all of the regourgitated psycho babble. I know I've said this before, but now a point has been reached and things may never be the same again.

Anyways, as all of us know, the NHL season is caput, but Burke still clings to hope that a 30 game season can be squeezed between February and April.
“Assuming you have agreement, it’s all drafting (documents). If our lawyers can’t draft a document in 4 days, we need new lawyers.”
That may be true, but the fact remains that the sides are so far apart that even if you had the law firm of Speedy Gonzales and Company filling in the blanks, a season won't be happening.

So who does Burke blame for the lenghty work stoppage? Well, both sides. But he's much less restrained when expressing views on the NHLPA stance.
“The players offered a wage reduction, they didn’t offer any system changes and they know it...They’ve offered an interesting wage rollback but the luxury tax will not deter spending in anyway. It was never designed to make a deal in my opinion...I can say truthfully that the NHLPA has been equally as stubborn as the NHL. They both have to move, they’ve taken global positions, and they will both have to move to get a deal done...The union has taken the position that is unattainable, for employees to say that they are entitled to more (percentage of revenues) than what is reasonable in this business, is unforgivable, and this is why we’re stuck”
On the other hand, Burke believes the owners must have some movement as well.
"I do believe, and I’ve said this only today publicly, that what the owners are seeking is more than needed to fix the business...The owner’s have asked the players to fix this problem and have not shown any interest in trying to fix it themselves.”
So, ho-hum, nothing new. No Hockey for at least this season, and probably much longer than that. When both sides have such a polarized view of the future economic state of the NHL, an agreement cannot be made without intervention - or the courts.


  • At 1:38 PM, Blogger James Mirtle said…

    "even if you had the law firm of Speedy Gonzales and Company"

    Are you making fun of my lawyer? He helped me win big in the Elmou2 case:


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