Jagr: Salary cap stance was a mistake
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06-22-2005, 06:12 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Now back to reality... The owners never budged because they stood to lose a lot more in the long term without a cap then they did by not having a season.
"They" is a falsehood. Many owners are making money and will continue to do so. The ones losing money are the ones running teams in markets that have no business having an NHL team. The only reason the owners supposedly stand united is that even those making money already stand to make an awful lot more. The Rangers probably make 80-90 million a year in revenue, I'm sure Dolan won't mind pocketing 60 since he's "forced" to adhere to a salary cap.
I firmly believe that Goodenow and the NHLPA wanted to get a half-season in and were willing to sacrifice an awful lot to do it. Bettman could have and should have taken the NHLPA's proposal on an interim basis and then, if it failed, he could use it as evidence as to why the system doesn't work.
Bettman and his cronies care nothing about the sport or the fans. They were prepared to wait as long as necessary until they got their deal and absolutely refused to negotiate or make any concessions whatsoever.
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