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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

nhl- "Owners Win", Don Cherry

from Canada.com, Score one for the NHL owners, says Don Cherry.
"No doubt who won this contest," Cherry said Wednesday of the tentative NHL labour deal. "The Players' Association got a home run in 1994 and they tried to hit a home run now and they should have settled for a double or a single because there was no way they were going to beat the owners this time."
Cherry acknowledged the players won some concessions such as lower age for unrestricted free agency "but not much else," he said from Mississauga, Ont.
"They underestimated the owners' resolve and they pay the price now and they pay a big price."
He said those players complaining about their new deal and NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow shouldn't be so quick to criticize, however, as it was Goodenow who helped get the players average annual salaries of $1.8 million US back in 1994.
"They've got to remember the guy who gave them the moon," Cherry said. "You've got to cut him some slack for that."...read on...