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by Paul on 11/20/12 at 11:45 AM ET
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
You cannot convince me there’s universal support among NHL owners for this lockout. No chance. I refuse to believe they’re all standing in line behind Gary Bettman and Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, whom we ruefully have to claim as one of our natives, and truly support this charade that’s ruining a sport.
There’s plenty of I-don’t-care-about-the-Sabres going on around here. So what chance does hockey have in places like Phoenix? Or Dallas? Or stripped-down Nashville? And so much for the momentum built in Los Angeles or Florida.
Keep in mind what these owners did. They threw out huge contracts over the summer and then rushed to get dozens of guys signed right before the Sept. 15 lockout. Minnesota’s Craig Leipold has been at the forefront of Bettman’s negotiating team and he’s one of the biggest offenders.
Pretty obvious now he had no intentions of paying $98 million each to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, isn’t it? Throw ‘em the big money on paper and let the rollback figure of the CBA take care of the real dollars. Great strategy.
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