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Thursday, July 07, 2005

nhl- Hoping to get to the finish Line

from The Maven and MSG Network, The easiest prediction I have ever made – naturally – has come true.
Earlier this week, I dusted off my trusty ouija board and, within seconds, it told me that every media person east of Suez and west of Canarsie would be deluging us with stories about the NHL’s peace pact.
And, of course, this has happened over the past 48 hours.
Not surprisingly, some of the stories are partially correct.
It’s the old mud-on-the-wall theory. Throw enough mud and most of it will fall to the ground – but at least some will stick.
Surprise of surprises, some has stuck.
As I’ve been saying over and over again, this armistice between the NHL and the NHLPA would NOT be neatly arranged to be announced on Canada (July l) or Independence Day (July 4) or any day that pleases a headline-writer.
The Collective Bargaining agreement is so comprehensive – an estimated 500-plus pages – that it threatens to surpass the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary in both size and weight.
Nor will Commissioner Gary Bettman dare allow an announcement to take place before every comma is in place and every owner has thoroughly read the document....continued...