Report: Goodenow still firm against cap
According to a report in the Hockey News, NHLPA executive director
Bob Goodenow remains committed to a non-cap solution to the NHL's
labour woes, and will use Thursday's meeting to try and negotiate off
of the players' association's December 9 proposal.
That proposal included a 24% rollback on salaries and a luxury tax of
20 cents on the dollar starting at $45-million.
Goodenow and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman are slated to join the
negotiations on Thursday after sitting out most of the recent
meetings between the two sides.
The Hockey News reports that Goodenow posted an audio message on the
NHLPA's internal website, stating, "I feel very strongly that we've
done our share. Frankly, we're still waiting for our partner to step
Goodenow reportedly went on to criticize the "cap world" of Bettman
and the league's attempt to centralize the financial decision-making
processes of NHL teams.
Since the beginning of these negotiations, the league has always
insisted on some form of linkage between player salaries and league
revenues, but the mere principle has been steadfastly refused by the