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by Paul on 07/18/05 at 11:44 AM ET
In military terms, it was the Persian Gulf War — a long standoff followed by a complete and overwhelming victory by one side. The league’s labor future has been decided, but Goodenow’s is unclear. The only question left is whether there’ll be regime change. The NHL and NHLPA did not reveal details of the new six-year collective-bargaining agreement they announced last week, holding off on any comment until the deal is ratified. But it was no secret the league got virtually everything it sought — a salary cap, salary rollback, limits on entry-level salaries and arbitration and, most important, a direct link between revenue and total player compensation set at 54 percent. The 600-page agreement is a soaring victory for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and an equally bitter defeat for NHLPA Executive Director Bob Goodenow. “It’s a deal that, until recently, the players never anticipated they’d be playing under,” said Bob Murray, the agent for Bill Guerin, a member of the NHLPA executive committee. “I think at some point the owners realized the players were willing to accept a cap and the players might not be prepared, as a group, to sit out another six months or a year. At that point, the leverage went to the owners.”
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