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NHL LOCKOUT WATCH: OCTOBER 1 DEADLINE IS LOOMING
Published September 12, 1994
Many NHL beat writers focused on the labor situation, in particular at the players' anger that their training camp expenses are not being covered by the teams. LOS ANGELES: King defenseman Marty McSorley said that the NHL "created the specter of a training-camp lockout to mask its real intention -- to stage a lockout before the season begins and players draw their first paychecks." Helene Elliott notes that no formal talks are scheduled, although NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow "talk often, as do the groups' respective lawyers" (L.A. TIMES, 9/11). DALLAS: Dan Noxon, noting that there are no collective bargaining sessions scheduled: "This is ridiculous, particularly in light of the league's pending agreement with Fox" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/11). PHILADELPHIA: Gary Miles notes that veterans "are extending helping hands to teammates who need a little financial boost" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/11). NEW YORK: Rangers' Mike Hudson on Bettman's "approach" to the situation: "We're not happy about it. It's almost like a dictatorship now. He's not going to force us into a settlement" Joe LaPointe notes that "there has been little talk among the hockey players of selective wildcat strikes." Hockey players, as a group, "are far less confrontational than their baseball brethren" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/11). BUFFALO: Sabres owner Seymour Knox said he expects the two sides to "avert a lockout" before the October 1 deadline and "resume normal and friendly relations." Knox said hockey is nothing like baseball (PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/11). BOSTON: Kevin Paul DuPont notes, "Believe it when the players say they're prepared for a lockout. Their union has issued all 26 player representatives a credit card with a $50,000 limit -- enough to buy one-way tickets home for everyone on or about Oct. 1" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/11).