Very great editorial today in La Presse
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09-12-2004, 10:47 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
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The owners need something to protect themselves from other owners that don't give a dam about anything else. That has to be done in the CBA. The CBA must be agreed to with the players. The players will need to allow this change to happen, or teams will go bankrupt (if things are as bad as they say). Regardless, salaries will come down or jobs will be lost.
Again this is not coming from me :
YOU said owners need something to protect themselves from other owners that don't give a dam about anything else
So the players should cave because the owners are not good managers enough to control themselves ?
You just said in your opinions that the best ''MINDS'' of hockey was on it. If they were such good businessman, managing a hockey team wouldn't be a problem because they would do what's best for them regardless of another owner. PLEASE stop talking about the rich teams. There's a lot of SMALL MARKET TEAMS that are very poor in making decisions, it's not the NYR-DET-TOR vs PIT-BUF-NSH. They all made bad decisions for 8 years out of 10.
YOU said The players will need to allow this change to happen, or teams will go bankrupt
Everytime a team was close to bankcruptcy they found another IDIOTS (if NHL was such in a bad shape) to buy the team.
Do you know what 2 owners bought the Buffalo Sabres & the Ottawa Senators ? Because they got it for practically FREE !!! You've got 2 owners that got 2 teams cheaply. If the NHL was a dead-end , Mr.Golisano & Mr.Melnyk ,2 SUCCESSFULL BUSINESS MAN outside of hockey wouldn't touch that with a 1KM pole vault don't you think ?
What make 2 billionnaires interested in buying 2 NHL franchises ?
That's why the players won't allow this change to happen because if the NHL was such in a bad shape, BUFFALO & OTTAWA would have been contracted for goods because no one would be interested in these 2 teams if the experts around Mr.Melnyk & Mr.Golisano weren't sure that ''with good management & good accountability'' these 2 NHL teams can make money or at least going EVEN.
Did you see here that I didn't talk for one single second about UFA's, RFA's, Draft contracts, arbitration. I'm simply talking about logic of economic businesses.
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