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Saturday, June 11, 2005

nhl- Conflicting Cap

from Spector and Fox Sports, As another week of negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA drew to a close, there was confusion in the media over a report of an apparent agreement between the two sides regarding a salary cap formula in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.
At this point it would take one of the main negotiators from both sides — Daly and NHLPA Senior Director Ted Saskin, or Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Bob Goodenow — to cut through the conflicting reports and confirm or deny Shoats' settlement story.
That's not likely to happen. Whoever leaked the story of a potential cap settlement to Shoalts may have done so with an agenda in mind, but it's anyone's guess at this point what that may be.
Perhaps it was done to pressure one side into making more concessions, or maybe it was done because the sources may have felt there wasn't enough information being passed around by their respective side.
It might also be a plant, a bit of misdirection from one side or the other to keep the press off guard and ensure the true details of the potential agreement remain under wraps until it's been signed and ratified.
Perhaps this was a ploy by Goodenow to undermine negotiations, as some conspiracy theorists have darkly hinted, although that seems unlikely.
Or perhaps this story is legit, with excitement overcoming discretion for Shoalts sources and catching both sides the whole article...