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09-11-2004, 12:40 PM
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Very great editorial today in La Presse

Réjean Tremblay is a french editorialist. He's not the great hockey analyst when it's about the game but he's still one of the most respectful journalist when it comes to get to the source.

maybe it will put some light into the ignorance of the pro-owners or the pro-lockout of this world.


It's like if we where on the conference table where some NHL Owners & a dozen of players & NHLPA speakers.

When we listen to the tape, we have the feeling that Bob Goodenow is trying to convince Gary Bettman & Bettman to told him that they are not on the same page.

It's fascinating. You want to know how much the owners want to cut players budget per year ? MORE THAN 450,000,000$. An average of 15,000,000$ per team. That's what Gary Bettman told to the NHLPA in the last meeting.

But we learn more about it. Bob Goodenow told the players & their agents that the supposed loss of the NHL teams were about 224M$ last year.

Six teams loss 169M$ of that 224M$ . Three of those six had 65,8M$ claim losses.

But this is not to shake Bob Goodenow. One the meeting tape he says
One of those team is an original six. They split their arena with a NBA team & they have a TV network. This team loss 30,5M$ last year. It's obvious that the accountants methodwere questionnable & that there's a lot of problem in the administration that are not cause by the CBA
That team is the NYRangers.

Goodenow continue without saying who is the next team he's talking about
it's a midwest team in a market with no competition of the NBA. The owners loss 35M$ but they told the league that they know what they are doing &they don't have any financial problems.

You will recognize that it was the St-Louis Blues property of one the girls of the Walton family. The Walton family is directly related to Wal Mart & that are multi-billionnaires.

Goodenow also explain that many teams are in an extreme difficult market. He specifically name the Carolina Hurricanes & the Anaheim Ducks. Goodenow said
Gary Bettman think that the Anaheim Ducks value is 0$. Walt Disney is ready to sold the team for 1$ if the next ownership is ready to take the debts that comes with it. Three other owners signed some arena lease that are simply insanely bad. Those owners would not even qualify for an expansion team if they had that kind of lease to present to the league. Those 3 teams are the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders & the Pittsburgh Penguins. In those 3 cases. A new deal or a new arena could potentially generate close to 25M$ in revenues per year. Those problems are not due to the actual CBA.
The FANS are very critical over the PLAYERS. But it's the NHLPA that are making all the effort to negotiate so far. On that tape of the meeting, Goodenow remind everyone that the players put an offer last thursday.
We offer a 5% paycut on every player that are having an NHL contract. This is a 108M$ that we give back to the owners. Also we proposed 5% taxe to every team that goes over 40M$. The money that will come with this luxury tax is gonna be spread in a sharing-revenu mode to the teams in need. Also we propose a form of sharing-revenu that respect what the owners talked about not so long ago. Every time Gary Bettman said that we are not talking the same language.
It's fascinating to listen to Goodenow. It's more fascinating to think that every players & their agents are listening also. All they have to do is to call a number or go to a website with a password & they have an update of everything that's going on with the negotiations.

It's obvious that the players are winning the war of communication. Trevor Linden & Vinny Damphousse are very articulate & convinced. They answers their emails 18 hours a day.

The players are prepared for a lockout. Some like Joel Bouchard try to organize to create a temporary league that the players would play in some Quebec cities. José Théodore talked about what will happen if there's a lockout. His potential losses is about 8M$ CDN but he doesn't lose his smile. He's convince like his other teammates that there's a war to battle & that we have to do it for everyone that will play in the NHL today or someday.

The owners neglect one important aspect in that conflict. The players are educated & used to respect their leader & to sacrify themselves.

It starts at 12 years old & they obey to the coach & follow their captain. Older, their are experienced & physical, the fight for their smaller teammated, they go in the corners to pass the puck to the talented players.

So if their coach is Goodenow & their captains are Linden & Damphousse told them to fight, they will fight. That's how they made of.


''Just a side note that almost 90% of the editorials that Tremblay have made about today's era of players , he was always very critical about them so to him to talk about that , that way, says a lot ''

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