Found August 23, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
from Tom Benjamin of canuckscorner, I’m feeling a lot less optimistic after the meetings this week between the NHL and the NHLPA. Gary Bettman did not respond positively to the NHLPA proposal – and by that I mean he did not soften the league position at all – so it is now clear that the league is on a path that was laid out years ago, about the time the ink on the last CBA was drying. Gary Bettman today: “We think we’re paying too much in salaries… We want something close to what we envisioned eight years ago.” (I can’t be surprised at this because the system that emerged in 2005 put the players squarely in the crosshairs for 2012. The NFL and NBA learned from the NHL lockout and all three leagues are sitting in the catbird seat. The idea that Gary Bettman and his cronies would put any value on labour peace at all was wishful thinking.) The real problem, of course, is that Bettman is not afraid of any long term damage from a lockout. When asked about that today, he responded with...
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