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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

nhl- NHLPA-Everyone is on Board

from the torontostar, When the meeting broke up, the NHLPA made only 10 hand-picked players available to be interviewed while sequestering the others amid tight security.
The scene was in stark contrast to what was expected after talks between the union and the league broke down. But Goodenow went into painstaking detail Monday night on the timeline that led to the collapse and the NHL's offer and the players say they realized that the two sides were much further apart than they had thought.
Goodenow also took the players through the owners' revenue-sharing component, which is almost nil and promises to emerge as a divisive issue in future negotiations. Goodenow also said the league's $42.5 million (all figures U.S.) salary cap was actually closer to about $39 million because the league was including signing bonuses and high-salaried minor league players in that total.