Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/02/06 at 10:59 AM ET
The Vancouver Canucks are struggling, but even three days after Nonis offered his opinions of free agency at a chamber of commerce meeting, hockey people are still debating the merit of his remarks. You should know, for starters, there was no debate about his comments at the National Hockey League's head office. The rocket would have been fired up Nonis' posterior within seconds of his remarks reaching New York. When Nonis said the free-agency system is "a joke" he said, in effect, that the collective bargaining agreement, which codifies free agency, is also a joke and, therefore, by extension, the NHL executives who negotiated it. If there's one thing commissioner Gary Bettman is consistent about, it is his insistence that you don't criticize your product.read on
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