Sunday, February 20, 2005

Quote of the Day

Reflecting the urgency to get a deal done in the next few weeks, or the gloves may come off and each side will then wait for the other to cannibalize itself first:
"The issue here is not whether we can solve this in time to play a meaningful season. The issue is, if we don't solve it now, we're not going to solve it because it's like dividing a wheat harvest after a hail storm. There's not going to be enough left to make a deal. This is the window. If we don't do this now, it is not going to happen. Not gonna happen. With catastrophic consequences for both sides. They have got to solve this now, or we're not playing until Christmas-time."
--Brian Burke, "TSN NHL Insiders" It's a very good point. While the fans want closure and a break from this drama, this might be the time to get a deal done. We have the momentum of both sides giving up major philosophical foundations of their stance (linkage and salary cap). The longer we wait, the more the NHL's economic prospects crumble, and then the NHL will be offering a cap at $20-30 million based on loss of revenue due to the lockout. So I wouldn't discourage both sides from meeting now, just to not flaunt their negotiations in public and make the fans think a miracle is going to happen until you know it's going to happen.


At 2/20/2005 04:13:00 PM, Blogger Matt Saler said...

I agree. I believe they have to get a deal done as soon as possible. That way, they can fix things such as the on-ice product and how they market the game in time for next year. This coming season has got to be spectacular, if the NHL has any chance of making it here in the US after this debacle. They need to come out with a bang and work on getting it right so people will get excited about the sport again. If they wait too long to iron out a deal, they will run out of time to do the above and they'll end up with a bunch of games no one will watch. At that rate, a new CBA wouldn't be of any help.

At 2/20/2005 10:51:00 PM, Anonymous Casey said...

I saw that interview. Burke tore a well-deserved strip off Glen Healy right after than. I never had a lot of respect for Burke when he was with the Canucks, but he is emerging as the voice of reason in the Canadian media.

At 2/21/2005 09:04:00 PM, Blogger Dennis said...

Such a shame...(sigh)


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