‘While I’ve placed most the blame for the current impasse on the players and most notably Bob Goodenow, it’s also fair to point out the owners put themselves in their current mess by overspending on players salaries. Many teams were spending more than 70 percent of their overall revenue on players, and ticket prices had already reached a point the average fan couldn’t afford.’
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'While Golisano provided stability for the Sabres, the new labour agreement is expected to benefit the team further by creating a competitive balance with the introduction of a salary cap of about $40 million. The league also got its wish for cost certainty by reaching an agreement that player salaries will not exceed 54 per cent of league-wide revenues.'
'"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."'
‘Opinions vary on whether fans will flock back to arenas let alone their TVs.’
'The deal will be a bitter pill for players to swallow, given its harsh readjustment of the NHL financial equation. But having lost one season already, the alternative was missing more paycheques.'
'“I think the deal is not great for the players. It is definitely an owner-friendly deal. For the last 10 years, the players have made a lot of money and now we are in a position where everybody is going to make money,'' he said. “Unfortunately, it had to take a whole year to get to a point where we could have been last year.'''
'"We are very excited the NHL and NHLPA have come to a tentative agreement today on a new collective bargaining agreement," managing partner of the Buffalo Sabres Larry Quinn said in a statement. "We will attend a briefing session in New York City to review the proposed agreement pending the outcome of the ratification process."'
"I would like to thank all our season ticket holders."
'It is anticipated that the ratification process will be completed next week.
'The lottery formula is as follows – each team begins with three balls. For every playoff appearance in the last three years or No. 1 overall pick over the last four years, a team loses one ball. But each team will still be guaranteed to have one ball in the lottery. The first round will go with teams picking 1 through 30, with the 30th team picking 31st and the draft order 'snaking' back and forth in a seven round draft.'