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Fehr IS nuts, but I don't think he's as dumb as Bettman or Goodenow who was a stooge, lol!
I don't see Fehr losing this. He won't win it to the point that he will get the cap to be removed, but no way, in my opinion, are we going to see the players getting less than what they did during the last CBA.
I think this will get dragged out really long. Hopefully, I am wrong. Either way, if Bettman loses his job over this, it might be worth missing hockey.
Last edited by orpheus; September 17th, 2012 at 09:13 PM.
For better or worse, in a lot of things the Blue Jackets have done, management has come off looking incompetent. Never found the right players to complement Nash and now he's gone. Carter was a huge fiasco in Columbus. Some bonehead coaching/GM/drafting moves. As an expansion team you're not going to make the playoffs right away, so I wouldn't even count the first 3-5 years in their history and not making the playoffs in those seasons against them. But when you stretch that out to 9 years before you make the playoffs, you're going to be testing the patience of your fans. Of the recent expansion teams, in 9 years for example, the Ducks had won 1 playoff series, lost 2, and their 10th year they were in the Stanley Cup finals. The Panthers were in the Finals in their 3rd season. In their first 9 years Minnesota had a conference finals appearance and 2 other years where they qualified for the playoffs. Atlanta made the playoffs once, in their 7th season and the team was moved after 11 years.
They've picked in the top 10 every year and had some busts, some decent but not great players and Nash was really the only star player they have gotten from that top 10 drafting position every year. Nice players but not great would include Klesla (4th, 2000), Derrek Brassard (6th in 2006), Voracek (7th, 2007). I'd call Pascal Leclaire (8th in 2001), Zherdev (4th in 2003....everyone knows how great that draft was), Alexandre Picard (8th in 2004), Gilbert Brule (6th in 2005...another big miss) and Filatov (6th in 2008) misses or huge busts.
When you're trying to build the NHL in an expansion city and you don't have success at some point the fans are going to wonder if it's worth spending the money on tickets.
Hockey's original bad boy. The "Cowboy" Howie Young
I see that both sides confirmed to ESPN.com that the NHL approached the NHLPA and asked it to consider freezing the salary cap at $64.3 million, the number which was in effect for the 2011-12 season, instead of raising it for the July 1 start of free agency. The league’s view was that raising the cap for this past offseason was an artificial inflation of the cap given that a new CBA was in the offing. The NHLPA declined the offer, very much in its rights under the expiring CBA, but it certainly didn't help in the situation they now find themselves in.