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Right now, Fehr is at the table, his brow is furrowed, and he needs to make the call. Presumably, he will be suspicious because he is always suspicious. Is Bettman really all in? If he is and if Fehr misreads the call, then it could spell the end of the season. It is a tough decision and it is why the next round of talks in this absurdly long melodrama still have the ability to fall right off the NHL’s version of the fiscal cliff.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on this topic.

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Right now, the NHL is prepared to play out the 2013-14 season at the level it was set last summer – $70.2-million – but then wants it rolled back to $60-million for 2014-15, at which point the two sides will divide overall revenue at 50-50. It may sound draconian on the surface, until one realizes that the NHL has only ever played one season with a salary cap above $60-million anyway – and that was last year, when it was set at $64.3-million.

Was there a friggin’ crystal ball in Holland’s possession or something that could possibly explain his reluctance in spending the estimated $25 million cap that was staring at him with come-hither eyes?  Someone made that observation on this very site several months ago.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 12/30/12 at 02:19 AM ET

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