'"It's unfortunate," he said. "I just think that it's too bad that things couldn't have gotten worked on a lot sooner. Because it seems like it comes down to the 11th hour all the time. And there's been 11 months that they could have been working on this."'
Archives for February 2005
'The NHL's challenge now – vital not just to the league and its teams, athletes and fans but to the businesses that depend on game-night activity – is to get serious, and quickly.'
'Days after becoming the first league to cancel an entire season, the NHL may become the first to uncancel one.'
Home ice is nice for Amerks (Rochester D&C)
Locked-out players find room in AHL (Rochester D&C)
Amerks blast Barons early (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Paille’s Trick leads Amerks (RNews.com)
Bigger Prize May Await Amerks (RNews.com)
Amerks bounce Barons 7-3 (Amerks.com)
Paille Records Hat Trick For Amerks (ClevelandBarons.net)
'"I thought about it all the way to the rink," McKee said of the season being wiped away. "It just gave me a sick feeling because I think we came a long, long way to find a deal that worked for everyone."'
'Ultimately, though, this is Bettman's failure. He presided over the league when it overexpanded and saw salaries soar beyond justifiable levels. It's true the NHL needs fixing. But the owners created the problem, and they miscalculated by trying to fix their salary woes in one fell swoop.'
'With no deal even though the players finally accepted the concept of a salary cap, it’s quite likely they’ll never get a contract as good as the last proposal they turned down.'