Unfortunately things keep going exactly as I expected with the lockout. After yesterday s comments by the NHLPA I see no chance of even a bargaining sessionMessage 1 of 9 , Nov 3, 2004View SourceUnfortunately things keep going exactly as I expected with the
lockout. After yesterday's comments by the NHLPA I see no chance of
even a bargaining session before the season is cancelled, much less
I'm sure we will see the occasional comments from current or former
players and some figureheads calling for meetings and settlements but
in the end they can do this dance and nothing will change.
Bottom line as I see things:
* Most of these owners will not stand for two or three of them
driving up salaries any longer, regardless of how much they lose and
no way will they play off each other and accept a luxury tax. I'm
sure most of them want the exact same chance at winning and a level
playing field. Also if owners spending 60 million dollars can make a
profit under a bard cap, it's a risk worth taking. Many of them will
lose less revenue staying home but some are taking a big risk when
the games return because people will stay away.
* Bettman knows he could lose ten or more owners if they agreed to
what the NHLPA is offering, which in essence is a band-aid on cancer.
* Despite younger players or fringe players complaining, it's not
their call. Bob Goodenow is an agent for the players and the league
losing money is not his problem. He wants a free market system and he
would rather the league force their system on him and drag him down
kicking and screaming than accept what does work in other sports.
* Enjoy those Islander classics and Sound Tigers games, because I
think aside from some touraments and the WJC's that's all there will
be. Will anyone be back to care when it's all done? When owners
implement their system how many will pay current prices to attend
Speaking of scabs, Islander captain, Michael Peca comes off as very
immature when he talks about injuring players who cross a picket line.
This is the kind of immature comment he made after the Islanders won
game four against Toronto, openly talking about game five maybe being
Curtis Joseph's last in a Toronto uniform.
What was the point of this? He could have made his point ten
different ways. His act is really wearing thin on me, he does not
even talk to the Islander beatwriters or addresses his teams fans, he
talks only in the Buffalo News.
When he held out on the Sabres, the Rigas family owned the media for
the team and they burried him. No one does that here, if he wants to
speak he should speak to the people who do pay his salary. Wang and
Milbury are not ripping the Islander players.
The Tigers finally have a few days off and a light schedule over the
next two weeks. Hopefully practice cures what's going on because they
need to find some chemistry and cohesion.
The good news is most of the damage has been done on special teams,
the bad news is they have to find some scoring from a roster that at
this time does not seem to have that leading scorer type of player.
Greg Cronin seems to have an uphill battle on his hands. I admit I'm
disappointed some players just cannot bring this team a solid scorer,
but it is early.
Just a horrible message that makes no sense when Raffi Torres is
heading to the AHL for work and Mike Milbury does not want players
like Hunter in the AHL. To be fair both ways maybe Hunter told him
thanks, but no thanks.
It just does not seem that way.
I think the Wolfpack-Tigers game is on television in the NY market.
... Gee you re lucky, Fox Sports Ohio is showing classic Blue Jacket games. At least you ve got a shot at watching some old playoff games! :)Message 1 of 9 , Nov 4, 2004View Source
>Gee you're lucky, Fox Sports Ohio is showing classic Blue Jacket games. At
>* Enjoy those Islander classics and Sound Tigers games, because I
>think aside from some touraments and the WJC's that's all there will
>be. Will anyone be back to care when it's all done? When owners
>implement their system how many will pay current prices to attend
least you've got a shot at watching some old playoff games! :)
... games. At least you ve got a shot at watching some old playoff games! :) At least Blue Jacket fans can show wins against the Islanders..lol Actually,Message 1 of 9 , Nov 4, 2004View Source--- In Islanders-SoundTigers@yahoogroups.com, "Michael McBride"
> Gee you're lucky, Fox Sports Ohio is showing classic Blue Jacketgames. At least you've got a shot at watching some old playoff
At least Blue Jacket fans can show wins against the Islanders..lol
Actually, it's great hockey for Islander fans who have never seen
these Championship games or just hockey fans in general. Last Friday
they showed the 1981 Finals, Tuesday the 82 finals and next week it's
cup no four vs Edmonton.
One comment today in Newsday was to keep the classic games and
forget the current product.
Here we are at the end of November and aside from what looks like both sides playing a little propaganda with talk of a new NHLPA offer and the league willingMessage 1 of 9 , Nov 29, 2004View SourceHere we are at the end of November and aside from what looks like
both sides playing a little propaganda with talk of a new NHLPA offer
and the league willing to listen but not accept a luxury tax, not too
much is going to happen.
It would be nice to see both sides at least meet once before the
cancellation of the season is announced. I cannot see a deal getting
done because it makes no sense for the owners to accept anything that
does not tie payroll/revenue with competitve balance.
Here is my compromise to the league's proposals
(which is only in one of the league's offers) which should be
adjusted based on how the league does year by year.
Completely restructure arbitration and qualifying offer system. The
league's supposed giveback is a joke at five or ten percent if a
player must get a qualifying offer of ten percent if the salary is at
a certain level.
* A dollar for dollar match for everything over 38 million.
* First five million over the cap, you forfeit a second round pick.
* For every ten million over the cap you forfeit a first round draft
In other words you want a 60 million dollar payroll? Fine. You owe
the league 22 million and you forfeit two first round draft picks..
It will force companies that own teams and lose revenue to actually
manage things much tighter. Either that or they can forget building
thru a draft entirely and spend dollar for dollar forever.
Of course were talking about companies that were willing to sign
Sakic and Fedorov and lose draft picks so even this is not a perfect
I would love to see how Bettman is going to get all these teams
that are millions of dollars over his numbers with guaranteed
contracts down to his cost-certainty figure of 33.4 million?
The injuries are taking their toll in Bridgeport. Hopefully there
is good news on Caldwell because he had leg surgery last season. It
will be interesting what moves happen from Atlantic City or elsewhere
because if a work-stoppage ended these players would likely become
Sound Tigers for good.
Should I bother writing I wish Hunter and DiPietro are playing for
the Sound Tigers again? Oops..
Meanwhile Hartford has Lundmark. (who has not see the minors in
It would be nice to see Jeff Hamilton get back on the ice, this is
still an Islander prospect.
Excellent article by Michael Fornabio on the game preperation in
the Ct Post the other day. Anyone notice 2000+ more fans attended the
second Tigers-Wolfpack game at Harbor Yard as opposed to the first
and both games were televised?
Too bad Wang/Vanderbeek-Lamoriello and the Dolan's cannot get
together on showing Sound Tigers or RiverRats here. Metro and Fox sit
open with no programming most nights. Who even knows when those
infrequent Wolfpack games air?