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HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 46: UPDATE FROM TORONTO
Published November 15, 1994
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow dined together last night in Toronto -- no word on what was discussed -- and the two will attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies today. While there is no negotiating session scheduled for today, Bettman and NHL Senior VP & Dir of Hockey Ops Brian Burke will brief the league's 26 general managers on a reported new proposal. According to the TORONTO STAR's Bob McKenzie, "The new owner proposal will reportedly center on entry-level restrictions and salary arbitration. Specifically, it will put some teeth -- big, sharp ones, no doubt -- into the players' entry-level proposals that were described by various management types as 'toothless'" (TORONTO STAR, 11/15). SOBERING THOUGHTS: Bruins President & GM Harry Sinden: "It really makes me sick because if through our stupidity, all of us, the season goes down the drain, I don't see how you're going to save next season" (AP/BOSTON HERALD, 11/15). ....In Washington, Dave Fay writes that "even the most optimistic observer" believes any deal will take two weeks of constant negotiation, moving the calendar to December 1. A three-week exhibition season would leave a December 26 or January 1 start date, meaning that a 50- game season "could be squeezed in but just barely." One union official: "It's the owners who face a deadline, not us" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/15)....Whalers Player Rep Pat Verbeek is ready to leave for Europe. He is awaiting offers from teams in Switzerland, Germany and France (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/15). According to the NHLPA, only the Bruins' Ted Donato is the only union rep to head to Eurpoe thus far. WESTERN ROUND-UP: In this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL, John Helyar examines the financial plight of Western Canada's franchises, focusing on the Flames. Helyar reports, "Even if the owners win concessions, Canada's small-market teams may have lost their grip on the fans. In Calgary, the Flames are now viewed less as icon and more as ice-biz" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/15)....According to the annual report from Northwest Sports, the parent company of the Canucks, the team made an after-tax profit of $921,341 on revenues of $50,378,819 in '93-94 (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/15).