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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

nhl- Carolina Reaction

from the AP via the Charlotte Observer, Jim Rutherford walked into a room of reporters with a broad smile Wednesday. Finally, the man charged with building the Carolina Hurricanes' roster could talk about playing hockey again.
The question now is whether the end of the 301-day lockout that wiped out last season could mean better days ahead for a franchise that has endured a steady stream of financial losses.
"I don't want to get to the relief point yet until everything's finalized and it's ratified," the Hurricanes' general manager said just hours after the NHL and players' association announced an agreement in principle on a six-year labor deal. "But we've been waiting for a long time.
"What we went through was necessary. We had to get some controls on our business and certainly I'm hoping that's what this agreement does. It gives this franchise a chance to be stable and gives us a chance to have a successful franchise here in North Carolina for many, many years."...more...