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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Brooks - NHL & NHLPA may meet Today or Thur.

Larry Brooks again taking shots at Bettman. from the nypost, There are, of course, any number of creative solutions to the stalemate that exists only because the league refuses to engage in meaningful negotiations. The soft cap within a hard cap is worth exploring. Designation of a franchise player is worth exploring. A guarantee of the union's Dec. 9 proposal is worth exploring. But Bettman refuses, he refuses each and every time. You wonder if Bettman isn't afraid he's going to be tricked. You wonder if the commissioner believes that the union, the players and the agents are just smarter than the league, the owners and the general managers. You wonder if that's why he's afraid to make a deal.