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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

nhl- Threaten Replacement Players

fron torontosun, It was American President Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." It was National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman who said, "Speak of negotiation, and threaten replacement players."
Actually, Bettman didn't use those precise words. But he could have.
After yesterday's board of governors meeting in New York, he repeatedly made the point that he wanted to get back to the negotiating table as soon as possible. And he was very careful not to specifically threaten the use of replacement players as a part of the league's strategy.
But he also made it equally clear that there will be a 2005-06 season one way or another and, if if doesn't take place using members of the NHLPlayers' Association, then it will take place using players from another source -- any source.