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Friday, February 18, 2005

Say it isn't so

There are rumblings that some NHLPA members are up in arms and ready to make another proposal to the NHL. My God, this cannot be true...can it?

Does a cancelled season not really mean that the season is cancelled?

Perhaps a group of players realize that they don't really have an end game plan and believe that taking the latest NHL offer would guarante that they lose less money than they will if the don't take it. There may be disention in the NHLPA, and Mike Modano has this to say:
There were a lot of people who really couldn't understand how we could go so long not talking about a cap and then just change over to a cap like that," he told the News. "And a lot of people didn't like it."

When asked if Goodenow had the support of the union, Modano replied, "I don't know, I don't know. I'm not sure."
Furthermore, Steve Yzerman doesn't think it's too late:
"I don't know if it's necessarily tonight, tomorrow morning, Friday night or Saturday. I know the season has been cancelled, but it's not too late to uncancel it," Yzerman told The Hockey News
Uncancel the season?!? How on Earth can a league that has lost so much credibility do such a thing? If you uncancel the season, what was the point of cancelling it in the first place?!?

Because, it may be the case that it was the ultimate in negotiating tactics by the NHL.

Either way, the NHL has already lost a huge amount of credibility and to un-cancel a season would only add to the problem, wouldn't it?

Whatever happens, my head is spinning. Just when you thought it was over, it really isn't. No one is letting this die. Stay tuned for more, I'm sure there will be plenty.


  • At 11:41 AM, Anonymous David said…

    A quote pretty important to this topic comes from Gary Bettman at his press conference. One that stood out to me. When he was asked if the NHLPA were to call him right after the announcement of no season he said he would "suffer the embarassment of having another press conference in four hours."

    Perhaps that still holds true, perhaps not.


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