Goodenow's response of Bettman's accusation that the Saturday debacle was all staged by the Union: "Regarding Gary's portrayal of the events of last week, I will make the following four points: "One - Gary claims he heard that we wanted to have a meeting and talk to them. That is totally false - the League cancelled the season Wednesday, and on Thursday night, Gary and Bill Daly separately called Trevor Linden after 11 p.m. EST and invited Trevor and the NHLPA to come to New York for a meeting. "Two - Friday morning, when arrangements for the League-requested meeting were being coordinated, Bill advised Trevor that Gary would not be attending on behalf of the League. As a result, I also did not attend. "Three - There was never a suggestion by the NHLPA that we were making an offer. Our presence in New York only occurred because of the League's request to meet. "Four - As for Gary's comments that we came to New York with the purpose of conducting a media campaign, that's just erroneous and the facts prove this to be the case. When Trevor, Vincent Damphousse and Ted Saskin met with the media at the St. Regis Hotel they actually met in a room that had been reserved and fully set up by the League for their own media conference. The room was left vacant when the League attendees slipped out of the hotel after they decided not to address the media after the conclusion of the meeting they called. The hotel then offered us the use of this room to accommodate the media stranded outside on the sidewalk. "It is unfortunate that Gary Bettman would publicly engage in this type of false characterization of events that he himself set in motion last Thursday." It seems like an interesting fact to confirm is WHO arranged for the room to be set up for the press conference? Who paid for that through the hotel -- The NHL or the NHLPA? Whoever did was the party that expected something to come out of it. Who do you believe? http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=115726&hubName=nhl H.