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Sunday, July 03, 2005

nhl- Players View

  • Andrew Raycroft: ''I'm hearing that [an agreement is] done and everyone is going through the legal stuff and they're going to announce in the next little while," said Raycroft, who is a restricted free agent. ''That's basically just from TV. I don't get a whole lot of insight, that's for sure." ''I went to dinner with Hal (Gill) the other night and he gets some stuff but they've kept it so closed over the last two or three weeks," said Raycroft. ''They haven't told anybody what's going on. They just don't want to compromise it at this point."
    Raycroft said the fact there has been little or no news is good news.
    ''I think if it was going to blow up, it probably would've blown up by now," he said. ''If they're spending 80 hours [a week] together in a room, everyone wants to get it done pretty badly. I don't know what's going to happen when it goes to a vote, but I've got to believe that guys are going to want to get something done."
    Like so many of his fellow players, Raycroft expects the players are going to be in much worse financial shape than in the previous agreement.
    ''I don't think there's going to be much doubt in the fact that it's not going to be comparable to what happened in 1994, but we all knew it was going to happen," he said. ''That's the way the game is right now. All of pro sports, we were expecting to take a hit. Unfortunately it took a whole year to take that, but we're definitely not going to be the winners out of this."
  • Coyotes defenseman David Tanabe said there is no guarantee that the majority of the rank-and-file members of the union will sign off on the new agreement, which will include a salary cap.
    "I get a sense that everyone wants to play," Tanabe said. "Whether or not that means a CBA gets done is still up for question.
    "I still think that a deal needs to get by the players' vote and some are rumoring that it is 50/50 among the players as to whether or not it gets by the player vote."