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SPECULATION ON NHL LOCKOUT CONTINUES AS TWO SIDES MEET
Published September 21, 1994
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow met yesterday for seven hours in New York, but were unable to reach a compromise on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Following the discussions, Bettman said talks would continue today: "We're not ready to announce a deal by any stretch of the imagination" (Bob McKenzie, TORONTO STAR, 9/21). Bettman added: "I don't think there's a proposal that I would yet take back to the clubs" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 9/20). Goodenow described the talks as "constructive," but he remained "cautious": "Some serious philosophical differences have to be resolved if we're going to have a deal" (David Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 9/21). In this morning's papers, participants and observers share differing viewpoints on the prospect of a lockout: LOOKS GOOD: Shoalts writes that following yesterday's negotiations "there was a sense of hope a new collective agreement is not far away." He adds that many "feel there is enough common ground for optimism" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/21). NHLPA President Mike Gartner: "We may not be on the same page, but we're in the same book" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/21). Sharks Operations Dir Dean Lombardi: "Something will get done when each side has a gun at the other's head" (Ann Killion, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/21). LOOKS BAD: Bob McKenzie writes: "Be careful, the light at the end of the tunnel that some may have seen ... is more likely a train than a ray of hope." He adds, "If anybody thinks the nut has been cracked on this baby, it's not even close" (TORONTO STAR, 9/21). One NHL official close to the talks: "The season won't start on the first of October -- that you can put money on" (Dave Fay, WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/21). Al Strachan writes, "Don't be misled. There is still much talking to do" (TORONTO SUN, 9/21). AND FINALLY ... In Canada's FINANCIAL POST, Jamie Wayne writes, "The NHL has about as much chance of shutting down next month as Bruce McNall does of becoming a financial consultant for the Bank of America" (FINANCIAL POST, 9/20).