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Friday, July 08, 2005

nhl- Fooled Again

from The Maven and MSG Network, Here’s the story you don’t want to hear – and I don’t want to tell.
But, in all honesty, I have no choice.
The fact is you – the hockey fans – have been fooled again.
“NHL DEAL IS ALL BUT DONE” screamed one headline.
Others, from Toronto to Los Angeles were equally loud – and wrong.
What happened is the same thing that took place on that “Stupid Saturday” in February when the NHL Players Association allegedly planted a story that a deal was done only to embarrass Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. When, in fact, no such pact was completed.
The twin icons were duped into coming to Manhattan on the assumption that the union was ready to cut a deal.
In my estimation, the NHLPA had hoped to embarrass the league into accepting a pact not of its choice.
“It didn’t work then,” one of the top league negotiators tells me, “And it won’t work now.”
According to two sources directly involved in the talks, the “deal-is-done” stories that broke Thursday in Los Angeles and were picked up in other precincts were similarly untrue.
“They are making it up” is what one of the negotiators tells me.
And, why would the stories be fabricated?
Step back in time for a moment and recall what I reiterated in these spaces over and over and over again since last September....continued...