From "Cracked Ice" by Stan Fischler... "Could this be the end of the NHL, forever?" -- Former NHL President John Ziegler "If it will make the players happy, if it will be the thing that gets them back to what they do best, playing the game, I will call it a surrender. I will call it an unconditional surrender. All they have to do is go back and play hockey." -- Ziegler "If they wish to save this business, they'd better be interested [in the concept of a salary cap]. If they think a partnership is we pay and they get and take no risk, they've got the wrong idea." -- Ziegler "I don't know who is more stupid, the owners for proposing the deal or the players for rejecting it." -- Former Bruins G.M. Harry Sinden "That's what all sports need -- a salary cap. The only thing that's fair is sharing revenue on a 50-50 basis." -- Blackhawks Owner Bill Wirtz "I'm not going ot give up the store for one playoff year when the whole future is at stake." -- Wirtz "Bob (Goodenow) says 98 percent of a negotiation gets done the last two days. I don't understand that, but everyone's got his own style." -- Wirtz "We have to come up with a plan that makes it more attractive for players to play for smaller-market teams, so that it doesn't matter what size the city or the market is. If there was a system like [the NBA salary cap], you'd see a lot of players would want to play in the smaller Canadian cities because those are the kinds of cities where they grew up." -- Mark Messier From page 36 in "Cracked Ice"... Following the 1992 strike settlement, both sides agreed to form a joint study committee to produce a restructuring of the business and avoid runaway inflation. Written into the collective bargaining agreement was a vital clause that should have been addressed head-on by Stein and his NHLPA counterpart, Bob Goodenow: Based on NHL economic studies and projections, the league and its member clubs believe that a continuation of the current system would have a serious negative impact on the business of hockey and hence the parties. Accordingly, the NHL clubs have expressed an intent to develop and submit to the NHLPA as promptly as possible a proposal for restructuring with a salary cap and a revenue-sharing concept... The NHLPA commits that, as soon as reasonably practicable after the joint study commitee report issues, it will begin bargaining in good faith with the clubs in an effort to reach agreement regarding restructuring by September 15, 1993.