Tuesday, November 09, 2004 Players Prepared to Fold Hand There will be hockey this year. The players are now officially prepared to accept a salary cap...they realize that the owners are going to cancel the season and start over next year. A private survey on their own password protected website revealed that 82% would be willing to accept a salary cap, and that 74% would scab it next year. They have lost this battle, and are getting angrier as they miss paychecks. The NHL office is well aware of this whole scenario as I was told this by one of the few people that still works up there. I was also told this by a reputable sportswriter, who heard it from a player. This is how it will likely go down. At the end of the month, following their next meeting, the players will make a last proposal...Without a salary cap. The two sides will sit down and negotiate. A hard salary cap will be traded for slightly younger FA. The players will say they bent for the "good of the game." And the season will begin mid January. The players over in Europe have already been informed of this. "There is ZERO chance that the season will be cancelled," one player rep told to me. posted by Eklund at 9:14 AM http://hockeyrumors.blogspot.com/2004/11/players-prepared-to-fold-hand.html#comments not sure how reliable it is. Perhaps someone can comment?