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09-11-2004, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Russian Fan
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.

This is exactly it. 6 teams are the problem. 24 teams are either profitable or within shouting distance of a profit ... if the new CBA cut the average salary by about 10% (as opposed to the 40% the league is proposing) to around $1.6-1.7 million, pretty much all of these teams would be financially viable.

The problem is 6 teams, and two of those (NYR and St. Louis) are owned by enormously wealthy interests that aren't affected significantly by losses.

So that gets us down to 4 or 5 problem franchises - some of which are in horrible hockey markets (Anaheim, Carolina, Florida), and some of which have been horribly mis-managed over the last decade (NYI, Pittsburgh). The problems in none of these cities have anything to do with the CBA ... the biggest problem the league has is putting franchises in non-viable hockey markets, and then expecting to tailor a CBA to make these franchises work. Like any bad business venture in any area, these organizations deserve to lose money and it shouldn't be on the backs of the players, most of which are suiting up for financially viable organizations under the current system, to compensate for the poor decision-making of the NHL and its owners.

There does need to be a market correction here, but the extent of the correction the owners are demanding is absolutely ridiculous.

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