'McKee was surprised to learn of the developments, particularly after he was informed by players' association executive director Bob Goodenow on Monday that the NHLPA was not willing to accept a cap and to expect the season to be canceled. Now, McKee's wondering when the season or what's left of it can begin. ''It's been a roller-coaster ride,'' he said. ''I'd be awful surprised if we can't put something together. We're at the point now where it's got to get done, and it's got to get done quick. But I think it can get done.'''
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'The players' association will accept a salary cap, and the league has backed off its demand for a link between revenues and player costs. Now they just have to figure out the money, and time has all but run out.'
'"I can assure you the players are getting stronger and stronger," Sabres player representative Jay McKee said. "There is no way a cap will ever be accepted. Gary's getting into a fight he never saw coming. He's in the fight of his life. (The players) aren't the type of guys will back away when they're pushed."'
'The question has been dogging James Patrick like a 230-pound forward with a chip on his shoulder: "Have I played my last game in the National Hockey League?" The answer for the 41-year-old defenceman, who didn't have a contract for the 2004-05 NHL regular season, is clearer now, and it's not good.'