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Friday, June 10, 2005

nhl- Working out the final Numbers

via the Star Tribune, Dwayne Roloson can see light approaching. Thursday night he was talking about the light at the end of the tunnel, but he could have been talking about lights in hockey arenas all around North America. Lights that have been turned off for an entire season.
Roloson is the NHL Player's Association player representative for the Wild. And recent news regarding negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the players have him all but certain the season will start on time.
Word leaked out over the past two days that the NHLPA had agreed on the idea of a salary cap, the most contentious point in months of contentious bargaining.
"Now it's just a matter of trying to work out the final numbers," Roloson said. "Finding out the higher end and the lower end. ... I always felt the season would start on time. Now it seems inevitable. You look at the work that has been done over the last month, month and a half. It's been like a snowball effect. Now the momentum is there, for sure. Momentum to carry over that should get a deal done."
The idea of a salary cap -- referred to by the owners as cost certainty -- was the reason the 2004-05 season was lost, making the NHL the first of the four major sports leagues to lose an entire season. But Roloson said he doesn't believe either side can claim to be the winner here.
"To be honest, when you have to take a year off, nobody is a winner," Roloson said.
For now, Roloson said, it is a waiting game. He has to wait for word that the entire CBA agreement has been hammered out. Once that's done the players will be able to vote on that agreement. But, like Roloson said, the snowball is rolling, the momentum is there.