Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/24/05 at 08:07 AM ET
Craig Leipold helped negotiate the NHL's new labor agreement, so it shouldn't be any surprise he thinks his Nashville Predators likely will benefit the most. Leipold had been among the most vocal of the small-market owners in wanting to give teams a chance to compete with the league's biggest payrolls. He had a perfect role on the owners' executive committee, which worked out this new six-year deal. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman even thanked Leipold among others for his help at the start of his news conference Friday in New York. ``We're obviously one of the big winners, maybe one of the biggest winners in this new CBA (collective bargaining agreement),'' Leipold told reporters by telephone en route to the airport in New York. ``When we get on the ice in our preseason game ... we're going to feel like we can not only compete for a playoff position, we're going to feel like we could win the Stanley Cup.''
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