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HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 38: TALKS TO RESUME THIS WEEK

     While meetings between the NHL and its players' union are
expected to resume this week, "it's unclear where and when."  NHL
Senior VP & COO Steve Solomon was quoted in Europe over the
weekend saying the deadline for a deal might be December 15.
Maple Leafs President Cliff Fletcher was hopeful the next round
of talks might be more productive:  "There should be a little
greater sense of urgency.  I think we've gone through a certain
stage where both sides now realize the resolve of the other side.
Now it's time to make a deal" (Damien Cox, TORONTO STAR, 11/7).
     NHLPA-SPONSORED GAMES:  According to a report in this
morning's TORONTO STAR, there are plans for an expanded
tournament of locked-out NHL players starting in December.  The
games will be held in non-NHL arenas in Quebec, Ontario and
Western Canada, with U.S. arenas that were to host neutral-site
NHL games also reported to be possible sites.  CTV would
broadcast the games in Canada, with ESPN and ESPN2 possibly
carrying games -- "if and when" the tourney expands to the U.S.
(Frank Orr, TORONTO STAR, 11/7).  NHLPA Pres. Mike Gartner said
the charity games could "eventually wind up benefitting" the
NHLPA, if the lockout fund drops too low (Gary Miles,
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/6).
     FROM RUSSIA WITH DISGUST:  While the Russian Dream team was
a major success among Russian hockey fans, several of the players
"complained about the tepid participation of American corporate
sponsors."  Igor Larionov "said he had tried unsuccessfully to
enlist Budweiser and others to sponsor the tour, estimated to
cost well over $500,000."  Sun Microsystems contributed $60,000,
and other Russian sponsors, including the city of Moscow,
"chipped in" (Alessandra Stanley, N.Y. TIMES, 11/5).
     THE POWER OF THE GREAT ONE:  The IIHF decided to remain
neutral in regards to the planned tour of Europe by Wayne Gretzky
and other NHL stars.  The IIHF will let the local federations
decide whether to allow a stop by Gretzky's tour (TORONTO STAR,
11/7).  Fasel, on Gretzky's request for support:  "What can you
do?  Nothing.  He is so famous, but it is not so easy to organize
the games."  Gretzky said the response has been "overwhelming,"
adding, "The next week should shed more light on it" (CP/EDMONTON
JOURNAL, 11/5).     IT'S GETTING UGLY OUT THERE:  Agent Rich
Winter's suggestion for a settlement:  "Put Bettman and Goodenow
out on Lake Superior with hockey sticks and heaters.  When the
ice melts, the game's over" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/6).  In Tampa, Roy
Cummings floats the idea that Goodenow is waiting for MLBPA Exec
Dir Don Fehr to get a deal before he gets serious in
negotiations.  With baseball talks resuming this week, and some
predicting a deal by December 1, Cummings writes, "Watch those
baseball talks closely.  It would seem someone deeply involved in
hockey is" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/6).  Blues President Jack Quinn:
"This is getting serious.  If we don't do something in the next
two weeks, there's a chance we'll lose the season" (Dave
Luecking, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/6).  Canadiens President
Ronald Corey:  "Without the punitive tax, we can't make a deal"
(Jack Todd, MONTREAL GAZETTE, 11/5).  NHL Dir of Hockey Ops Brian
Burke:  "These days, I don't have a lot of hope" (Gary Miles,
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/6).  In New York, Mark Everson writes
under, "DROP THE PUCK, BETTMAN":  "It is time to admit the
lockout failed and play the season under the old deal while
talking about a new one" (N.Y. POST, 11/7).
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