Thursday, January 20, 2005

Breaking Hockey News

Ottawa Sun gives hope to hockey ...

THERE COULD be an 11th-hour breakthrough in negotiations to save the NHL season. A league source told the Sun last night that talks to get a new collective bargaining agreement in place took a major turn yesterday in Chicago when the NHL Players' Association introduced the possibility of a six-year agreement, which would include a salary cap under certain circumstances.

I am still pessimistic, but now it is time for everyone to get serious about saving the sport. Also, allow me to note for the 1,000th time, that any progress is made because the players swallow their pride and make it. The owners are too busy trying to figure out how to sell their teams and get out of hockey. Advantage players.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

"player's" and "owner's" should each lose the apostrophe.

I don't cod-dun to bad grammar.

Sturminator said...

fixed.

QualityPantalooner said...

During the baseball near-strike in '01, I was firmly on the side of the players. I've been on the side of the players in every salary dispute - because when it comes down to it, the owners have 100% of the power. Players don't put a gun to owners head, players don't even demand outrageous minimum salaries. They just want each owner to be allowed to offer whatever they want to.

In this hockey situation, it is even more obvious that the players are entirely in the right. The owners made a ton of dumb decisions during the 90's - signing players to huge contracts based not on "real" revenue but on a very finite number of possible expansions (most into questionable markets) was idiotic and entirely owner driven.

It is hard to believe that anyone still thinks the players are being greedy (or the owners being reasonable) in this situation.

By the way Bob, love the new format.

Andrew said...

I'm totally with the players in this one. In baseball, I sided with the owners... but the NHL owners appear be jackasses in this case. At least the players are trying to make something happen to try to save their sport.

The days between Mavs games are lonely ones. That's what hockey has been to me, in the past -- filler between Mavs games. But now that they're not there, I definitely feel the void.

thebigunit said...

Is it necessary to side with either the players or the owners on this issue? I mean, the ones who are really getting screwed with their pants on are the fans....and the people behind the concession stands, and the security people patrolling the stands..and the front office people who were all laid off before the strike was ever announced! I personally know three people who have been directly affected by this "lockout/strike/whatever"...and for them, this absolutely sucks. I admit, no one held a gun to the owners' collective heads to give big money to Yashin, Guerin, Jagr, etc....but if the owners took it upon themselves to NOT give out any more ridiculous contracts, you would have the NHLPA screaming "collusion" so loudly, the sound would be deafening....Personally I do not want a 3 1/2 month NHL season, which is what we are looking at right now...The way I see it, the Super Bowl is Feb 6th...and then in a scant two weeks after that...PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT!! Game on!

Chasing the dragon,

Big Unit

X-factor said...

I still don't see this changing anything about the state of the NHL. Especially in TV ratings and attendance.

They need to fix the problems with the game.

meredith said...

Until Bettman resigns, the sport will not be fixed. Simple as that. They think they're making a difference by moving the goal away from and then back towards the boards. They are completely clueless about what the sport actually needs.

At this point, I'd prefer that they cancel the season and start fresh next year. I miss hockey like crazy, but a half season is a complete waste of time. I'll just keep watching my VHS tapes of the Flyers from last year's playoffs and wait until next season.

Anonymous said...

We can only hope but I still doubt anything big is going to happen... And by the way - love the new format - it looks so official! Love it...