Union: Owners Behind Post-Cancellation Talks

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  1. NJD Jester

    NJD Jester Registered User

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    Union denies rumor of late bid for talks
    By Mike Brehm, USA TODAY

    Almost since Commissioner Gary Bettman canceled the season Wednesday afternoon, rumors have swirled about behind-the-scenes efforts by management and players to try to reopen talks to save the season.
    The NHL Players Association shot down that talk Thursday night.

    "We've had no contact with the league office," senior director Ted Saskin said. "All the players we've spoken to understand the basis on which Gary canceled the season. As a result, there's no expectations among players that there would be any further negotiations."

    Talks ended Tuesday night when Bettman gave the players a take-it-or-leave-it $42.5 million payroll cap. He then rejected the union's $49 million counterproposal.

    Saskin said the rumors aren't coming from the players' side.

    "It sounds like certain owners weren't happy with the finality that Gary attached to his last proposal," Saskin said.
     
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    Well of course Saskin is gonna say nothing is going on...
     
  3. hmm..i dontknow what to make of that. So many sources are confirming that now.
     
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    Pay no attention to the man behind the Curtain . . . . I am the Greeeeeeeeat Saskin . . . . but you can call me Oz.
     
  5. FanSince2014

    FanSince2014 What'd He Say?

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    This is priceless:

    "Saskin said players "fought long and hard" when the union dropped its offer from $52.5 million. "We're comfortable with that ($49 million) position, and it wasn't something where he had a lower number in mind," he said."

    Players fought long and hard?
    1) Who was fighting? Who were they fighting with?
    2) How "long" did it take for that counter-proposal come? If I remember correctly it was a couple hours at most?
    3) It wasn't something where they had a lower number in mind? How close are you with the players that verbally expected the NHL to come up to $45M?

    You're funny Ted, you lying sack.
     
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    Shadow Journal Non, je ne regrette rien Sponsor

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    My thoughts exactly. Except replace "funny" with "classless and ignorant".
     
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    Sakic too, its funny that it's gotten down to you guys finally citing Saskin as a big fat liar, rather than the few optimists then a myriad of pessimists. Somebody smacked you guys with fish, or something...
     
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    :joker:

    I'd probably be denying something too if it was likely to cost me my job. Goodenow denied it in radio interviews all yesterday. So far Saskin and Goodenow are the only guys who have discounted this rumor as false. That's a little transparent.
     
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    I also heard on the radio this morning that there are some sort of talks going on with Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky being involved. :dunno:
     
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