Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/22/05 at 08:54 AM ET
Nobody said they were sorry. Bob Goodenow didn't apologize to the fans or the players for hockey's lost season. The players, who were programmed to answer questions with the same "no salary cap, no linkage'' robotic answers of last season, were all out there yesterday with their "better deal than we could have had in February'' memorized mantra. It was sickening. Goodenow thanked the fans "for their patience for a whole winter without hockey.'' Goodenow said of the new agreement: "I think it's going to work fine.'' Bettman spoke of "the world's best fans and world's best athletes'' and "world's greatest game'' less than 24 hours before going to New York to make about 50 years' worth of changes to the game to try to make it worth watching again. Couldn't somebody have said sorry? Couldn't somebody have admitted that the players ended up with a salary cap, linkage, money in escrow, a 24% salary rollback, etc., etc., etc., and lost an entire year of hockey - for nothing. So much of the deal had leaked ahead of time, the only real question was how Bob Goodenow would react.
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