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Friday, June 17, 2005

nhl- Ed Snider Talks

Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider appeared on the Thursday, June 16 edition of Comcast SportsNet's Daily News Live. Snider appeared along with Philadelphia Daily News sportswriters Rich Hofmann and Bob Cooney and the show’s host Michael Barkann.

The following is a recap of the discussion:
Barkann: Bob Clarke was on the show recently and he said that the Flyers can have as many as eight players from the Phantoms make the Flyers' roster next season. That has to sound pretty encouraging for you.
Snider: “It is very encouraging. It helps us with whatever happens with the salary cap because these young players will just be starting out.”
Barkann: That is assuming there is going to be a season. Is there going to be a season?
Snider: “There is going to be a season. Negotiations are ongoing. You know as much as I do. The bottom line is they (NHL and NHLPA) are meeting six to eight hours a day. They are not wasting each other’s time. Something is going to happen and I have my fingers crossed that something is going to happen soon.”
Hofmann: Have they really not kept you guys (owners) informed?
Snider: “They have kept us informed talking about general things. They are knocking it out one day at a time and trying to agree on everything. You never know when things will blow up, but we are hoping we can get a deal done and everybody signs it.”
Barkann: Are you like many of the fans, meaning you just want to hear when an agreement has finally been reached or are you constantly involved in hearing reports?
Snider: “I try to get as much information as I can. But there really is not a whole lot of information coming out. They are keeping it very tight because they do not want any leaks and the problems caused by leaks.”