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09-17-2004, 09:49 PM
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DownFromNJ
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If I had to guess..

Owners for less harsh CBA:

Minnesota
Toronto
Vancouver
Tampa
New Jersey
New York Rangers
Detroit
Colorado
Nashville
St. Louis
Dallas
Philly

Nashville and Tampa just want a season, the other owners are getting plenty of revenue (St. Louis knows it spends a lot, doesn't mind). However, thats only 12 teams. Bettman only needs 8 teams on his side period. He'll have:

Carolina
Florida
hChicago
Pittsburgh
New York Isles
Edmonton
Calgary
Ottawa
Anaheim (barring new ownership)
Phoneix
Buffalo

Thats 11 teams.

You'll have several teams on the fence. They can be a swing vote. You'll have:

Columbus
Atlanta
Montreal
Los Angeles
Boston
New Jersey
Washington

Columbus and Atlanta are doing decent and dont want to damage their progress with a long lockout. The other clubs don't have huge financial concerns, though they do have some, and don't want to see a long lockout.


Still, even if all the 7 swing votes go toward a lighter CBA, thats only 19 votes. Not a 2/3 majority.

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