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Friday, June 17, 2005

nhl- CBA Secrecy

from The Maven and MSG Network, The good news in hockey’s Civil War is that peace talks will continue in Toronto on Monday.
“We’re slogging through,” one of the negotiators tells me, “and we’ll be at it the same way when he return to Canada.”
Judging by the lid of secrecy placed on negotiating “progress,” I get the sense that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is being more cautious about leaks than General Dwight D. Eisenhower was on June 5, 1944, 24 hours before D-Day.
Naturally, the leaks have trickled through anyhow; so many, in fact, that it’s difficult to discern fact from fiction when it comes to calling an accurate date for the ice version of Armistice Day.
Two of my best sources insist that, for all intents and purposes, “essentially” the deal is done and an agreement will be announced either just before or after the July 4 holiday.
“That explains the air of secrecy,” my source insists. “The owners don’t want to come out and say anything at this point because it might antagonize the players.”
Reports – all unconfirmed -- are circulating about potential dates for a Draft Lottery (mid-July) with the actual Entry Draft slated for Ottawa around the second week in August.
While these signs all are encouraging – if not deceptive – two of my other sources are quick to quell the euphoria.
“There’s still a lot of work to do,” a league official tells me. “Plenty of details still have to be ironed out.”
Likewise, a team vice-president insists that it is premature to conclude hostilities have ended.
All the NHL will tell us is that “The parties met for twenty-eight hours over four days and will resume on Monday.”...read on...