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  • David Elkin
    Stu Cowan CanWest News Service Sunday, August 07, 2005 MONTREAL -- Are you still angry at Gary Bettman? While the NHL commissioner took a lot of heat when the
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      Stu Cowan
      CanWest News Service


      Sunday, August 07, 2005


      MONTREAL -- Are you still angry at Gary Bettman? While the NHL
      commissioner took a lot of heat when the league lost an entire season
      because of the lockout, the flood of free-agent signings over the past
      week has definitely generated excitement with hockey fans. They might
      even be thanking Bettman in the future, especially in cities like
      Pittsburgh and Edmonton.

      While building the NFL into the most successful professional sports
      league in North America, former commissioner Pete Rozelle had a simple
      philosophy: you're only as strong as your weakest franchise.

      Well, the Penguins were the NHL's weakest franchise during the 2003-04
      season, losing 18 consecutive games at one point while finishing with
      the league's worst record (23-47-8). But that all changed in the past
      week, and Mario Lemieux -- and Pittsburgh fans -- can thank Bettman for
      that.

      Bettman did exactly what the NHL owners paid him to do and something
      many people, including former NHLPA president Bob Goodenow, thought was
      impossible: keep all 30 owners united in their labour battle.

      The cost was huge -- an entire lost season -- but the players eventually
      caved in to a $39 million US salary cap. The end result: small-market
      teams like the Penguins and Oilers can compete with the big boys.

      The Penguins lucked out when they won the draft lottery and selected
      phenom Sidney Crosby. But luck had nothing to do with the twice-bankrupt
      franchise signing free-agent Sergei Gonchar to a five-year, $25-million
      contract on Wednesday. Gonchar has been the NHL's top goal-scoring
      defenceman over the last six seasons, and I'm sure Penguins fans are
      already drooling about a power play that will include Gonchar, Lemieux,
      Crosby and Mark Recchi.

      "I think the Penguins have a real shot to win the Stanley Cup," sports
      fan Ron Carroll, who grew up in Pittsburgh and remains a die-hard
      Penguins fan, told me the day after the Gonchar signing. "This (labour)
      deal is bad for the players, but probably saved the game. Every team is
      on equal footing now."

      Oilers fans also had reason to celebrate Wednesday after the team
      acquired defenceman Chris Pronger from the St. Louis Blues. With the new
      salary cap, the Blues, who paid Pronger $9.5 million in 2003-04, simply
      couldn't afford to keep the 2000 Hart Trophy winner as league MVP. The
      Oilers will pay Pronger just over $6 million a season in a new five-year
      deal.

      "This is what the hockey world is right now, and you know something,
      this is what the system is supposed to do," Blues general manager Larry
      Pleau told Associated Press.

      Pronger told reporters in Edmonton: "It seems like the Oilers have
      always been the team trading guys away. But with this new landscape,
      things are changing."

      Are they ever.

      What do you think the New York Rangers -- who had the biggest payroll in
      the NHL in 2003-04 at $76 million -- were doing Wednesday while teams
      like the Penguins, Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets (who signed
      defenceman Bryan Bedard) jumped into the free-agent pool?

      According to the New York Times, Rangers president and GM Glen Sather
      was telephoning season-ticket holders to thank them for renewing their
      subscriptions and promising to build a core of young players from within
      the organization.

      The Rangers, who were forced to pay Bobby Holik a $9-million buyout to
      get out of the ridiculous five-year, $45-million free-agent contract
      they signed him to in the summer of 2002, could have as many as 12
      rookies in the lineup this season.

      Are you shedding any tears for the Rangers right now? How about for the
      Toronto Maple Leafs, whose 2003-04 payroll was $62 million? They were
      outbid for the services of Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk by the
      Florida Panthers of all teams.

      Bettman has definitely left his mark on the NHL with this new salary
      cap, but if I was a team owner I'd be thinking about giving him a very
      nice golden handshake right about now. The players will always hate
      Bettman for breaking their union and I think a new commissioner (hello,
      Wayne Gretzky) would help soothe their feelings and help grow the game
      in the future.

      As for the fans, they may never change their opinion of Bettman.

      "I still think he's a jerk," Penguins fan Carroll said.

      © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005
    • Dave Bole
      This is EXACTLY what the game of hockey needed. Some other sports should learn from the guts the NHL owners had by staying out a season and supporting each
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        This is EXACTLY what the game of hockey needed.   Some other sports
        should learn from the guts the NHL owners had by staying out a season
        and supporting each other in their cause.
         
        DAVE
         

        David Elkin <davidmelkin@...> wrote:


        Stu Cowan
        CanWest News Service


        Sunday, August 07, 2005


        MONTREAL -- Are you still angry at Gary Bettman? While the NHL
        commissioner took a lot of heat when the league lost an entire season
        because of the lockout, the flood of free-agent signings over the past
        week has definitely generated excitement with hockey fans. They might
        even be thanking Bettman in the future, especially in cities like
        Pittsburgh and Edmonton.

        While building the NFL into the most successful professional sports
        league in North America, former commissioner Pete Rozelle had a simple
        philosophy: you're only as strong as your weakest franchise.

        Well, the Penguins were the NHL's weakest franchise during the 2003-04
        season, losing 18 consecutive games at one point while finishing with
        the league's worst record (23-47-8). But that all changed in the past
        week, and Mario Lemieux -- and Pittsburgh fans -- can thank Bettman for
        that.

        Bettman did exactly what the NHL owners paid him to do and something
        many people, including former NHLPA president Bob Goodenow, thought was
        impossible: keep all 30 owners united in their labour battle.

        The cost was huge -- an entire lost season -- but the players eventually
        caved in to a $39 million US salary cap. The end result: small-market
        teams like the Penguins and Oilers can compete with the big boys.

        The Penguins lucked out when they won the draft lottery and selected
        phenom Sidney Crosby. But luck had nothing to do with the twice-bankrupt
        franchise signing free-agent Sergei Gonchar to a five-year, $25-million
        contract on Wednesday. Gonchar has been the NHL's top goal-scoring
        defenceman over the last six seasons, and I'm sure Penguins fans are
        already drooling about a power play that will include Gonchar, Lemieux,
        Crosby and Mark Recchi.

        "I think the Penguins have a real shot to win the Stanley Cup," sports
        fan Ron Carroll, who grew up in Pittsburgh and remains a die-hard
        Penguins fan, told me the day after the Gonchar signing. "This (labour)
        deal is bad for the players, but probably saved the game. Every team is
        on equal footing now."

        Oilers fans also had reason to celebrate Wednesday after the team
        acquired defenceman Chris Pronger from the St. Louis Blues. With the new
        salary cap, the Blues, who paid Pronger $9.5 million in 2003-04, simply
        couldn't afford to keep the 2000 Hart Trophy winner as league MVP. The
        Oilers will pay Pronger just over $6 million a season in a new five-year
        deal.

        "This is what the hockey world is right now, and you know something,
        this is what the system is supposed to do," Blues general manager Larry
        Pleau told Associated Press.

        Pronger told reporters in Edmonton: "It seems like the Oilers have
        always been the team trading guys away. But with this new landscape,
        things are changing."

        Are they ever.

        What do you think the New York Rangers -- who had the biggest payroll in
        the NHL in 2003-04 at $76 million -- were doing Wednesday while teams
        like the Penguins, Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets (who signed
        defenceman Bryan Bedard) jumped into the free-agent pool?

        According to the New York Times, Rangers president and GM Glen Sather
        was telephoning season-ticket holders to thank them for renewing their
        subscriptions and promising to build a core of young players from within
        the organization.

        The Rangers, who were forced to pay Bobby Holik a $9-million buyout to
        get out of the ridiculous five-year, $45-million free-agent contract
        they signed him to in the summer of 2002, could have as many as 12
        rookies in the lineup this season.

        Are you shedding any tears for the Rangers right now? How about for the
        Toronto Maple Leafs, whose 2003-04 payroll was $62 million? They were
        outbid for the services of Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk by the
        Florida Panthers of all teams.

        Bettman has definitely left his mark on the NHL with this new salary
        cap, but if I was a team owner I'd be thinking about giving him a very
        nice golden handshake right about now. The players will always hate
        Bettman for breaking their union and I think a new commissioner (hello,
        Wayne Gretzky) would help soothe their feelings and help grow the game
        in the future.

        As for the fans, they may never change their opinion of Bettman.

        "I still think he's a jerk," Penguins fan Carroll said.

        © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005

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      • Zak Davis
        Amen! Look no further than baseball and it s luxury tax to see why it doesn t work. Boston, Anaheim and the Yankees are willing to pay the money for their
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          Amen! Look no further than baseball and it's luxury
          tax to see why it doesn't work. Boston, Anaheim and
          the Yankees are willing to pay the money for their
          overspending because they are still at the top (Well,
          the Yanks are about to prove that money doesn't always
          buy a championship, either.).

          --- Dave Bole <davebolenr1@...> wrote:

          > This is EXACTLY what the game of hockey needed.
          > Some other sports
          > should learn from the guts the NHL owners had by
          > staying out a season
          > and supporting each other in their cause.
          >
          > DAVE
          >
          >
          > David Elkin <davidmelkin@...> wrote:
          >
          >
          > Stu Cowan
          > CanWest News Service
          >
          >
          > Sunday, August 07, 2005
          >
          >
          > MONTREAL -- Are you still angry at Gary Bettman?
          > While the NHL
          > commissioner took a lot of heat when the league lost
          > an entire season
          > because of the lockout, the flood of free-agent
          > signings over the past
          > week has definitely generated excitement with hockey
          > fans. They might
          > even be thanking Bettman in the future, especially
          > in cities like
          > Pittsburgh and Edmonton.
          >
          > While building the NFL into the most successful
          > professional sports
          > league in North America, former commissioner Pete
          > Rozelle had a simple
          > philosophy: you're only as strong as your weakest
          > franchise.
          >
          > Well, the Penguins were the NHL's weakest franchise
          > during the 2003-04
          > season, losing 18 consecutive games at one point
          > while finishing with
          > the league's worst record (23-47-8). But that all
          > changed in the past
          > week, and Mario Lemieux -- and Pittsburgh fans --
          > can thank Bettman for
          > that.
          >
          > Bettman did exactly what the NHL owners paid him to
          > do and something
          > many people, including former NHLPA president Bob
          > Goodenow, thought was
          > impossible: keep all 30 owners united in their
          > labour battle.
          >
          > The cost was huge -- an entire lost season -- but
          > the players eventually
          > caved in to a $39 million US salary cap. The end
          > result: small-market
          > teams like the Penguins and Oilers can compete with
          > the big boys.
          >
          > The Penguins lucked out when they won the draft
          > lottery and selected
          > phenom Sidney Crosby. But luck had nothing to do
          > with the twice-bankrupt
          > franchise signing free-agent Sergei Gonchar to a
          > five-year, $25-million
          > contract on Wednesday. Gonchar has been the NHL's
          > top goal-scoring
          > defenceman over the last six seasons, and I'm sure
          > Penguins fans are
          > already drooling about a power play that will
          > include Gonchar, Lemieux,
          > Crosby and Mark Recchi.
          >
          > "I think the Penguins have a real shot to win the
          > Stanley Cup," sports
          > fan Ron Carroll, who grew up in Pittsburgh and
          > remains a die-hard
          > Penguins fan, told me the day after the Gonchar
          > signing. "This (labour)
          > deal is bad for the players, but probably saved the
          > game. Every team is
          > on equal footing now."
          >
          > Oilers fans also had reason to celebrate Wednesday
          > after the team
          > acquired defenceman Chris Pronger from the St. Louis
          > Blues. With the new
          > salary cap, the Blues, who paid Pronger $9.5 million
          > in 2003-04, simply
          > couldn't afford to keep the 2000 Hart Trophy winner
          > as league MVP. The
          > Oilers will pay Pronger just over $6 million a
          > season in a new five-year
          > deal.
          >
          > "This is what the hockey world is right now, and you
          > know something,
          > this is what the system is supposed to do," Blues
          > general manager Larry
          > Pleau told Associated Press.
          >
          > Pronger told reporters in Edmonton: "It seems like
          > the Oilers have
          > always been the team trading guys away. But with
          > this new landscape,
          > things are changing."
          >
          > Are they ever.
          >
          > What do you think the New York Rangers -- who had
          > the biggest payroll in
          > the NHL in 2003-04 at $76 million -- were doing
          > Wednesday while teams
          > like the Penguins, Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets
          > (who signed
          > defenceman Bryan Bedard) jumped into the free-agent
          > pool?
          >
          > According to the New York Times, Rangers president
          > and GM Glen Sather
          > was telephoning season-ticket holders to thank them
          > for renewing their
          > subscriptions and promising to build a core of young
          > players from within
          > the organization.
          >
          > The Rangers, who were forced to pay Bobby Holik a
          > $9-million buyout to
          > get out of the ridiculous five-year, $45-million
          > free-agent contract
          > they signed him to in the summer of 2002, could have
          > as many as 12
          > rookies in the lineup this season.
          >
          > Are you shedding any tears for the Rangers right
          > now? How about for the
          > Toronto Maple Leafs, whose 2003-04 payroll was $62
          > million? They were
          > outbid for the services of Gary Roberts and Joe
          > Nieuwendyk by the
          > Florida Panthers of all teams.
          >
          > Bettman has definitely left his mark on the NHL with
          > this new salary
          > cap, but if I was a team owner I'd be thinking about
          > giving him a very
          > nice golden handshake right about now. The players
          > will always hate
          > Bettman for breaking their union and I think a new
          > commissioner (hello,
          > Wayne Gretzky) would help soothe their feelings and
          > help grow the game
          > in the future.
          >
          > As for the fans, they may never change their opinion
          > of Bettman.
          >
          > "I still think he's a jerk," Penguins fan Carroll
          > said.
          >
          > © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005
          >
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        • Lyle Richardson
          I say give this CBA a couple of years before we start singing the praises of the NHL owners. There s already two potential flaws emerging. First is the length
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            I say give this CBA a couple of years before we start singing the praises of the NHL owners.
             
            There's already two potential flaws emerging.  First is the length of the deals being signed, and second, the December 1 deadline for re-signing RFAs could result in more offer sheets, which under the cap system would force teams to match and then dump salary elsewhere or watch that player signed by another club.
             
            Lyle Richardson
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            www.spectorshockey.net
            ----- Original Message -----
            From: Dave Bole
            Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 8:29 PM
            Subject: Re: [hockeydisk] NHL: Not sure I agree, but interesting article

            This is EXACTLY what the game of hockey needed.   Some other sports
            should learn from the guts the NHL owners had by staying out a season
            and supporting each other in their cause.
             
            DAVE


            David Elkin <davidmelkin@...> wrote:


            Stu Cowan
            CanWest News Service


            Sunday, August 07, 2005


            MONTREAL -- Are you still angry at Gary Bettman? While the NHL
            commissioner took a lot of heat when the league lost an entire season
            because of the lockout, the flood of free-agent signings over the past
            week has definitely generated excitement with hockey fans. They might
            even be thanking Bettman in the future, especially in cities like
            Pittsburgh and Edmonton.

            While building the NFL into the most successful professional sports
            league in North America, former commissioner Pete Rozelle had a simple
            philosophy: you're only as strong as your weakest franchise.

            Well, the Penguins were the NHL's weakest franchise during the 2003-04
            season, losing 18 consecutive games at one point while finishing with
            the league's worst record (23-47-8). But that all changed in the past
            week, and Mario Lemieux -- and Pittsburgh fans -- can thank Bettman for
            that.

            Bettman did exactly what the NHL owners paid him to do and something
            many people, including former NHLPA president Bob Goodenow, thought was
            impossible: keep all 30 owners united in their labour battle.

            The cost was huge -- an entire lost season -- but the players eventually
            caved in to a $39 million US salary cap. The end result: small-market
            teams like the Penguins and Oilers can compete with the big boys.

            The Penguins lucked out when they won the draft lottery and selected
            phenom Sidney Crosby. But luck had nothing to do with the twice-bankrupt
            franchise signing free-agent Sergei Gonchar to a five-year, $25-million
            contract on Wednesday. Gonchar has been the NHL's top goal-scoring
            defenceman over the last six seasons, and I'm sure Penguins fans are
            already drooling about a power play that will include Gonchar, Lemieux,
            Crosby and Mark Recchi.

            "I think the Penguins have a real shot to win the Stanley Cup," sports
            fan Ron Carroll, who grew up in Pittsburgh and remains a die-hard
            Penguins fan, told me the day after the Gonchar signing. "This (labour)
            deal is bad for the players, but probably saved the game. Every team is
            on equal footing now."

            Oilers fans also had reason to celebrate Wednesday after the team
            acquired defenceman Chris Pronger from the St. Louis Blues. With the new
            salary cap, the Blues, who paid Pronger $9.5 million in 2003-04, simply
            couldn't afford to keep the 2000 Hart Trophy winner as league MVP. The
            Oilers will pay Pronger just over $6 million a season in a new five-year
            deal.

            "This is what the hockey world is right now, and you know something,
            this is what the system is supposed to do," Blues general manager Larry
            Pleau told Associated Press.

            Pronger told reporters in Edmonton: "It seems like the Oilers have
            always been the team trading guys away. But with this new landscape,
            things are changing."

            Are they ever.

            What do you think the New York Rangers -- who had the biggest payroll in
            the NHL in 2003-04 at $76 million -- were doing Wednesday while teams
            like the Penguins, Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets (who signed
            defenceman Bryan Bedard) jumped into the free-agent pool?

            According to the New York Times, Rangers president and GM Glen Sather
            was telephoning season-ticket holders to thank them for renewing their
            subscriptions and promising to build a core of young players from within
            the organization.

            The Rangers, who were forced to pay Bobby Holik a $9-million buyout to
            get out of the ridiculous five-year, $45-million free-agent contract
            they signed him to in the summer of 2002, could have as many as 12
            rookies in the lineup this season.

            Are you shedding any tears for the Rangers right now? How about for the
            Toronto Maple Leafs, whose 2003-04 payroll was $62 million? They were
            outbid for the services of Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk by the
            Florida Panthers of all teams.

            Bettman has definitely left his mark on the NHL with this new salary
            cap, but if I was a team owner I'd be thinking about giving him a very
            nice golden handshake right about now. The players will always hate
            Bettman for breaking their union and I think a new commissioner (hello,
            Wayne Gretzky) would help soothe their feelings and help grow the game
            in the future.

            As for the fans, they may never change their opinion of Bettman.

            "I still think he's a jerk," Penguins fan Carroll said.

            © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005

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