How should I look at a meeting next week between both parties?
I thought it would take a miracle for both sides to even meet before
the season was cancelled, so for the next week I will be a little
Still, it seems very easy to read between the lines as to how this
Overall if the league will not accept a luxury tax and the NHLPA will
not accept some form of cost-certainty, I do not think a settlement
will come from this. Is this so the NHLPA can say it bargained in
good faith to gain leverage with the courts in the future?
Personally, I'm asking what does a ten percent giveback accomplish if
players below the 1.8 million league avg salary (which is absurd in
of itself given hockey's current state) must receive a ten percent
qualifier each summer to keep the rights.
As an Islander fan I do not want five or six teams to continue to
drive the player market, they all lose revenue (aside from Toronto)
and have proven over a decade hockey is not profitable as a business.
As a hockey fan this system just does not work. We had ten years of
free marketing spending, all it brought the NHL was a salary
structure where the so-called largest markets lose revenue and during
that time the game has fallen off the map in terms of being a major
In 1992-93 the Islanders had a team with Pierre Turgeon, Steve
Thomas, Ray Ferraro, Benoit Hogue, Pat Flatley, Brian Mullen. They
could afford a veteran team and the fans identified with that group,
even if they did have a very short run.
Tell me what happens with Parrish, Kvasha, Hunter, DiPietro and co
turn 30. This time I want a system that allows whoever owns this team
to not have to put the club in the red to keep it together if it's
Wang has priced out his fans just trying to keep last year's teams
together and loses over 20 million for his trouble, granted the
Islanders have special circumstances with Smg.
Still Bettman has not made enough of an effort to explain how teams
well over the 33.4 cost-certainty figure bring their payrolls down to
Personally I think it's the beginning of the end of the season, but
Five hundred it is for the 2004-05 Sound Tigers. Greg Cronin did not
mince words in the Ct Post on Papineau or Jim Campbell not producing
Personally I think the lack of scoring could be seen a mile away
going into the season. It is a bigger, quicker team, they have
demonstrated they can play the close games they did a year ago and
recovered well after that poor stretch.
They are missing what Hamilton and other vets gave them a year ago
and that group was hardly an offensive powerhouse.
It's still early and the Phantoms were in the same spot a year ago
and won the division but unfortunately it looks like the Tigers
are going to be in a fight to even qualify for the playoffs this year.
If by some chance the NHL does reach a settlement, the Tigers will
not make the 2005 Calder Cup Tournament, there is no depth on that