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The Dark Year

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
At the recent NHL governors meeting in Phoenix, Bettman speculated the salary cap will rise by at least 8% next year. It will be somewhere in the neighbourhood of $45 million. That means that next year, the average salary will be approximately $1.7 million. In other words, Bettman and his friends shut down an entire league for a year and inflicted untold damage to its future so they could spend roughly an average of $9.2 million more per team that would have been the case had they taken the players' offer. Now the game is back in its more exciting form, and in Canada, where fans always were going to give it a second chance, it's more popular than ever. But in the United States, where Bettman killed the market, the fans are not coming back.

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