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09-11-2012, 12:05 AM
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Bob McKenzie wrapping his head around the CBA issues as he comes back from vacation.

Based on what we've seen of the negotiations to this point, the overriding sense I get from the public opinion reaction of fans and media -- for what that is ultimately worth -- is that the NHL is looking for an awful lot, too much too fast. I would generally agree with that characterization.

I mean, the typical reaction goes something like this: The NHL locked out its players for an entire season in 2004-05, was able to implement a relatively rigid salary cap, got a 24 per cent wage rollback on all existing NHL player contracts, created much sought-after "cost certainty" with the escrow feature of a cap that linked revenue and salaries, introduced entry-level restrictions and the league took this whole new economic system for a seven-year test drive only to come back now and say they don't like how it's driving.

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