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HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 73: PREVIEWS OF TODAY'S MEETING
Published December 12, 1994
The NHL Board of Governors meet in New York today to discuss management's next move in the protracted lockout of NHL players. The following are quotes from participants and media observers on where people stand and what might happen: BLUES CHAIR MIKE SHANAHAN: "It could go everywhere from 'cancel the season' to 'let's start tomorrow.' I'm just guessing" (Dave Luecking, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/11). SENATORS CHAIR ROD BRYDEN: "I would much rather not play hockey and see this as an additional cost to the ownership of the franchise ... than to accept a contract that doesn't do what we think is necessary to be able to run our business" (Joe Lapointe, N.Y. TIMES, 12/12). TORONTO STAR's PAUL HUNTER: "Don't be surprised if the NHL simply opts to renew bargaining with the players with no stated end in sight" (TORONTO STAR, 12/12). WHALERS OWNER PETER KARMANOS: "I'm disgusted with both sides. ... [Even a drop-dead date is] just more bluster, more posturing" (Joe Lapointe, N.Y. TIMES, 12/12). L.A. TIMES' HELENE ELLIOTT cites an unnamed NHL Governor who says: "I'd guess [NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman] will poll each team, see what people are thinking and see if any new or different ideas can be incorporated into a new proposal. Then he'll go back to the union and say, 'This is our last and best deal. Take it, or see you in August'" (L.A. TIMES, 12/12). BRUINS PRESIDENT HARRY SINDEN: "I think the vote will be 100 percent to keep talking" (AP/WASHINGTON POST, 12/12). MAPLE LEAFS PRESIDENT CLIFF FLETCHER: "We're not going to shut the season down (today)" (TORONTO SUN, 12/12). FLYERS OWNER ED SNIDER said he would recommend to fellow owners "that they end the lockout immediately if the players agreed to give up their right to salary arbitration" (Gary Miles, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/10). TORONTO GLOBE & MAIL's STEPHEN BRUNT, accusing the owners of following a scripted scenario: "It is hard to believe that now we are on the brink of a descent into chaos. Instead, all signs point to the owners stepping back on Monday -- purely for the good of the game and the good of the fans, of course -- removing the evil tax from the table, and then pressing their advantage through the home stretch" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 12/10).