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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Bill Daly hasn't lost hope for a resolution.

As the NHL Players' Association prepares to announce the results of its vote to dissolve Friday, the NHL's deputy commissioner told QMI Agency in a one-on-one interview Thursday he's still hopeful for a season.

QMI: You caused a stir in Canada Wednesday by saying on Hockey Night in Canada radio that 'Yes' you thought there would be a season.

DALY: "I only had two choices: Of course, I was going to answer 'Yes'. Yes, I do (have optimism). That's more my nature. I don't understand to a large extent why we're where we're at. I still think at the end of the day we should be able to get deal."

QMI: Are you concerned about the devastation of cancelling a season for the second time in eight years?

DALY: "I would clearly not understand why we would be in a position of having to cancel the season over the issues that separate us."

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tuxedoTshirt's avatar

I don’t understand to a large extent why we’re where we’re at.

Pretty much sums it up.  Definitely the right guy for the job.


“I would clearly not understand why we would be in a position of having to cancel the season over the issues that separate us.”

Mmhmm.  Wouldn’t stop you though.

This just in, Bill the Hill and the Decommissioner are getting schooled.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 12/20/12 at 09:52 PM ET

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What did you think he was going to say?

You think he’s going to tell his grandkids there’s no Santa.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/20/12 at 10:39 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

What’s the score on “exclusive” mittenstringer interviews now? It’s something like 3-1 for the NHL at this point, huh?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/20/12 at 11:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

QMI: Can you outline the issues?

DALY: “The term of the CBA is important. That is something our owners indicated was absolute necessity. A reason they put the extra money in ‘make whole’ and walked away from the salary arbitration tweaks was to get a 10-year term in the CBA. Then, we had term-limits and we amended our proposal to allow for seven-year contracts for your own player. Tied to that are (5%) variability on salaries and the cap advantage recapture formula that applies to existing long-term contracts. What it’s supposed to do, if players don’t play the full-term of their deals by walking away from them or retiring and the club has experienced a cap benefit during the (early years), there’s a recapture provision so they pay for that cap advantage. We’re on the same page on that issue, but we’re not on the same page as to what contracts it applies to and how it applies.

“In transition issues, the first issue that reared its head a couple of weeks ago was this concept of compliance buyouts. To me, compliance buyouts is just more money being paid outside the system. It doesn’t count against the share. Secondly, is the cap on escrow ... That’s a total non-starter. The third issue, which got fleshed out last Friday, is their view where the salary cap should be. They think the salary cap should be at $67.25 million and never fall below it. That’s a very artificially high cap based on 50-50 and where revenues are going to be. It would create a high floor along with a very high escrow withhold because clubs would spend to the artificially high cap and the artificially high floor. That’s a huge issue.”

Well, that’s where they stand apart.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 12/21/12 at 12:36 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I don’t understand to a large extent why we’re where we’re at.”

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I would clearly not understand why we would be in a position of having to cancel the season over the issues that separate us.

Here’s a hint for you, Bill. Look to your left at that Garden Gnome sitting there on your side of the table. Look at the way he has to pull himself up just to see over the table. That little a-hole, Bill, is the reason you’re at where you’re at.

So, just kick his tiny little legs out from under him and stuff his puny carcass in someone’s briefcase. Then, on their way back to their hotel, have them throw him off the nearest bridge.

After that, I think you’ll find that reaching an agreement with the players, even one that favors the owners, will be accomplished in record time. If anyone asks what happened to the Garden Gnome, just tell them he’s on the kind of “vacation” he’s earned during his tenure as Commissioner.

And don’t worry about the cops, Bill, because no one is going to care when the Garden Gnome doesn’t return from his “vacation.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/21/12 at 12:47 AM ET

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What’s the score on “exclusive” mittenstringer interviews now? It’s something like 3-1 for the NHL at this point, huh?

It’s a shame, too, because it drops the pro-Union majority in the hockey media from 99.7% to 97.1%.  Totally unacceptable.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/21/12 at 04:01 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

The NHL needs to make up their collective mind.

First, Daly and Bettman say, “We’re not even close to a deal.”

Now Daly, after no further negotiation from the last comments, “... find(s) it hard to believe—given what’s separating the two sides—that the NHL and NHLPA couldn’t get a deal in place if they could find a way back to the table.”

No wonder the players and fans are confused.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 12/21/12 at 10:32 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Oh boy, here we go again with unsubstantiated charges of bias in the media clearly refuted with statistical counting of column inches devoted to exclusive fluff pieces about the league.

Besides, if Daly does not think the differences are worth cancelling a season, why then have they already killed half a season?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/21/12 at 10:43 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

It’s a shame, too, because it drops the pro-Union majority in the hockey media from 99.7% to 97.1%.  Totally unacceptable.

Isn’t it weird how the overwhelming majority of observers support the players?
I guess we aren’t all mavericks like you, who can see through the bullshit.

The pro-owner position is so tenuous that its adherents call themselves “pro-hockey”, or “blaming both sides”.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 12/21/12 at 11:44 AM ET

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