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12-09-2004, 07:42 AM
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True Blue
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Not much of one

I would say less than 1%. An ESPN article a little while back, said that even if the NHLPA was to walk in and hand over to Bettman every single one of his demands, there would still be a group of owners that would vote to cancel the season.
The bigger problem is Bettman. I truly think (and have from the very beginning) that he really has no interest in having a season. It seems that he is more interested in canceling a season (in an effort to prove his strength) than having one.
Think of it this way, Bettman and Goodenow are supposed to meet today. If the players offer a 10% rollback in salaries and a luxury tax between $40-45m, what do you think happens? I believe that instead of taking it as a platform from which to begin negotiations, Bettman just chants the salary cap mantra and outright rejects the offer.
Chances of a season? Less than 1% becuase Bettman intended to cancel this season as far back as 2 years ago.

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