from Stan Fischler of The Hockey News,
Some of my best friends loathe this Salary Cap Era. I love it.
I tell them to grin and bear it.
And if you can't bear it, try Scrabble.
I knew that the salary cap was important because a very smart fella, named Gary Bettman, conceived it – and a very self-important man, opposed it.
That was Bob Goodenow, who became head of the NHL Players' Association. Slowly – but relentlessly – Goodenow waged a two-front war.
On the one hand, he vowed that hell would get an expansion franchise before Goodenow would allow his minions to sign any document that introduced a salary cap to the NHL game.
On the other hand, Goodenow went to war with Gary Bettman. Bob put aside the good and welfare of his Players' Association and did just about anything possible to win the war and outdo the commissioner.
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