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Volume 24 No. 114
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     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.
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