Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 8/24/12
Jesse Spector of Sporting News writes about Gary Bettman's comments to the media after yesterday's CBA talks and how in his estimation, the league is "paying too much in player costs." This is a stark contrats to his August 9 comments where Bettman said “the fundamental proposal—our initial proposal—relates to the fact that we need to be paying out less in player costs.”“We think we’re paying too much in salaries” means that the owners want a repeat of the salary rollbacks of eight years ago. That’s why the difference between Bettman two weeks ago and Bettman on Thursday is so important—it’s the difference between need and want, and between optimism that a common-sense deal can get done, and pessimism that both sides have dug in for a long fight that nobody will win.  Bettman's comments just have him coming off very badly. If the NHL brass think the fans will come running back to them if/when a lockout finishes, they have another thing coming. One thing the PA will not negoitate i...
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