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RHETORIC TURNS UGLY AS NHL LOCKOUT ANNOUNCEMENT NEARS

     NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow yesterday rejected a revised
proposal submitted Tuesday by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Goodenow said the same problems that existed in previous
proposals remain.  With no formal negotiations scheduled today or
in the near future, "apparently all that remains" is for Bettman
to officially postpone the start of the season.  Bettman will
brief owners on the talks today and, "barring a major miracle,"
will announce Friday that the season will be postponed.  Bettman
said he "was not surprised" by Goodenow's decision not to
continue talking: "They said they would let us know when we are
ready to meet a gain and they have not suggested a meeting or
requested one."  Goodenow "did not hold out any hope" of a
upcoming resolution (John MacKinnon, OTTAWA CITIZEN, 9/29).
     MAJOR MISCONDUCT FROM CHELIOS:  The dispute "turned ugly"
yesterday when the Blackhawks' Chris Chelios warned Bettman that
"his life could be in danger if he locks out players" (Dave
Fuller, TORONTO SUN, 9/29).  Besides the threat, Chelios said the
problem with the negotiations is that Bettman "doesn't know
anything about hockey": "I don't know whether it's this little
man syndrome or what.  He's the problem" ("SportsCenter," ESPN,
9/29).  Chelios' criticisms were one of many made by other
players "lining up to take pokes" at Bettman.  The Nordiques' Joe
Sakic said Bettman "knows nothing about hockey and doesn't care
whether there is hockey or not" (TORONTO SUN, 9/29).  The Bruins'
Cam Neely:  "They're not shooting themselves in the foot. They're
shooting themselves in the head, if you ask me" ("SportsCenter,"
ESPN, 9/28).  The NHL could issue a $500 fine against Chelios
(TORONTO SUN, 9/29).  The Sharks' Vlastimil Kroupa said Bettman's
proposal "reminds me a lot of those days in the Soviet Union when
I played for the Russian national team" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
9/29).
     SUPPORT FOR BETTMAN WANING?  In Toronto, Dave Fuller reports
that NHL sources claim that while Bettman has the public support
of the 26 teams, a "handful of wealthier clubs -- including St.
Louis and Chicago -- don't like what's going on" (TORONTO SUN,
9/29).  But in Vancouver, Frank Luba reports that the Canucks
will not lose a profitable cash flow due to the upcoming
postponement of the season. "No games means no salaries or rent."
Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths contends that despite reaching the
Stanley Cup finals last season, the club "still managed to make
less than the average player makes": "It's appropriate to take a
hard position at this point" (VANCOUVER PROVINCE, 9/29).
     LEAGUE WAVES OFF WAIVER DRAFT:  The league yesterday
announced the postponing of the waiver draft.  According to
league rules, the draft will be held within seven days of the
start of the regular season (Mult, 9/29).
     IHL, HERE THEY COME?  IHL PR Dir Tim Bryant told THE SPORTS
BUSINESS DAILY that non-affiliated IHL teams may sign some NHL
players: "We want nothing more than for the NHL to start its
season.  And we realize it [signing players] is a short-term
thing.  But some teams may" (THE DAILY).  NHLPA spokesperson
Steve McAllister concurred.  But Capitals GM Dave Poile said
players "will not be allowed" to play in the IHL: "The players
are all under contract, whether the season opens or not" (Sandra
McKee, Baltimore SUN, 9/29).
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