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Would You Call This A Crooked Line In The Sand?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

...But the line between owners and players is not drawn in the classic sense. Revenue-sharing could become the key point because of how it could affect small-market clubs, a group of eight to 10 franchises that includes the Blue Jackets.

Because of this, it’s possible that as talks progress, they could pit owner against owner. The small-market owners could find themselves siding with players against the large-market owners, the power-brokers in the league.“I think as many as eight NHL owners would accept the NHLPA’s initial proposal,” said an NHL player agent who spoke to The Dispatch on the condition of anonymity. “And there’s probably four to six others who would find the proposal acceptable enough that they could tweak a couple of things and live with it.”

But don’t expect any owner to acknowledge that publicly. The NHL has threatened a fine of at least $1 million to any club that speaks out during the lockout.Any disagreement would have to be confined to private talks among owners. One NHL executive told The Dispatch last week that Bettman has the “full support of every owner in the room right now.”

Boston owner Jeremy Jacobs and Philadelphia owner Ed Snider hold considerable sway with Bettman and are strongly opposed to revenue-sharing. Those clubs, along with Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, the New York Rangers, Toronto and Vancouver, would stand to lose the most revenue.



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The thought of losing just two months of the coming season is looking pretty damn appealing right now.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 08/19/12 at 02:11 PM ET


If the result could be a split with wealthy teams and players on revenue adjustments that support weak teams combined with a hard cap, and say a 53% player share you would have a great deal. Throw in a 7 year contract limit with salary evenly distributed over the 7 years for the cap hit and I would call it a home run.

Posted by timbits on 08/19/12 at 02:14 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Love it, 2,500 for ending someone‚Äôs career.  1m for giving your opinion on the state of negotiations.

And it’s not even Bizarro World.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/19/12 at 03:02 PM ET


Who got a 2500 fine for ending a career? And besides, James Wisniewski lost almost $1 mil for decking an a-hole who charged a guy in the waning moments of a decided pre-season game. And not that I have much sympathy for him, but Trevor Gillies lost something like half his take-home due to suspensions a couple years back.

Posted by larry from pitt on 08/19/12 at 03:57 PM ET

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