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Gary Bettman’s playing hardball with the NHLPA regarding the salary cap’s upper limit

While the boss is away, the talking monkey will play...

There's been a significant amount of consternation from both hockey fans and general managers regarding Gary Bettman's weenie-ish remarks suggesting that the NHLPA needs to be consulted regarding the salary cap's upper limit and range--which may not be determined until Monday, all of one day before free agency begins--and now we're finding out thhe reason why Bettman said what he did: he's playing hardball with the PA regarding factoring in next year's Canadian TV revenue, to the point that he's offering a SUPER lowball "upper limit":

Earlier this morning, Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Elliotte Friedman explained the TV revenue-vs-escrow issue:

Update: Here's Bettman being a smarmy *#$%@& on Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at noon:

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alwaysaurie's avatar

Every cloud has a silver lining = the amount of money to over-spend on UFA’s has gone down.  wink

Every silver lining’s got a touch of grey = jackass GM’s will overspend in failed attempts to keep their jobs.  confused

Posted by alwaysaurie on 06/27/14 at 02:06 PM ET

awould's avatar

Shocking. The cap is being set at the lowest end of all the rumored limits.

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 02:12 PM ET

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What the *****, get it together boys, if the PA has to initial every decision then the PA should have a rep sitting in on these meetings with the power to say OK!!  Get one of these player reps to sit in…..SIDNEY!!!!  there is cellphones, facebook ,social media, if he needs a helping hand.  Comon get with it.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/27/14 at 02:13 PM ET

awould's avatar

I don’t mind this too much because it really screws the Hawks and Pens more than anyone else.

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 02:15 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I dont really care what the final total is, but this last minute nonesense, as well as the constant battles with the PA are just more examples of how poorly the league is run.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/27/14 at 03:53 PM ET

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Fascinating that you blame Bettman when the fact is that the PLAYERS are to “blame” for not invoking the escalator clause as they have done for what, 9 years in a row.  And BTW, the players have been involved in this discussion since December.

Hearing players may not invoke escalator into salary cap equation

Posted by jkm2011 on 06/27/14 at 03:57 PM ET

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I don’t mind this too much because it really screws the Hawks and Pens more than anyone else.

Exactly what I thought. Plus there’s really no big name free agents out there for the Wings to sign and we have plenty of cap space to keep our younger players.

Posted by fuleko on 06/27/14 at 04:14 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Imagine that, a midget lawyer obfuscating the facts, and his toadie bean counters making the numbers dance and sing.  hmmm

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/27/14 at 06:22 PM ET

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