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02-10-2005, 01:20 PM
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24% is a lot for many of the current players who in a couple years will be approaching 35 and likely won't be getting that money back; as well as others, who may be in their twilight. The youth may be fine in that proposal, but that's about it.

I believe there's an interest in getting salaries down a bit, but I do agree that the NHLPA's proposal did not go far enough at getting to that point. Specifically, the tax structure was a joke. However, no matter what the tax structure, Bettman would have countered with a hard cap, otherwise he would've said, nice, and here's the tax structure we believe would work.

As for an independent audit...that would be a huge undertaking and if it was done a while ago, there's a chance it doesn't get complete in time to start a season this year, if that's what the goal would be. And I'd think owners would fight it too, as it would be an expense and many of them do not have audits done as part of the normal course of business.

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