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June 01, 2005

Rudy a hero, again?: He sanitized NYC, and some people didn't like him too much for that. Then he was the face of bravery and poise for a city, and maybe even a nation, that needed it. Now he might save N.A. pro hockey. I know nothing beyond what the article provides, but count me as optimistically curious based on one fact: the man knows how to come out on top at a time of crisis.

posted by garfield to hockey at 09:55 AM - 13 comments

I can count five billion reasons to be skeptical. And that's just for starters.

posted by 86 at 10:47 AM on June 01

I was wondering when someting like this would happen. I too, am a bit skeptical.....

posted by daddisamm at 11:03 AM on June 01

true enough. $5 bill is a huge number. But there are quite a few interesting stories, tangentially related, today that are making me wonder if a NHL alternative is actually plausible: the $4bill offer to buy the NHL, ESPN is done talking (for now), IMG's well-founded claim that unsigned (2003 draft) and un-offered players (2004 draft) become free-agents 06/01/05, the majority of players, i.e. younger players, are against the current deal developing, and with the NHL testing out bulging nets...well, I'd say that's the wrong direction (though I like smaller goalie equipment and increasing long passing). Who knows. Maybe I enjoying thinking there is more pressure on the League than there actually is.

posted by garfield at 11:05 AM on June 01

I really doubt this is gonna happen.

posted by Jimbob1077 at 01:06 PM on June 01

Who said I wasn't an NHLPA plant? Well Eklund didn't say it, but that doesn't make it any less true....Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! I don't think it'll happen either, but it definitely adds to the convoluted spectrum the League has to negotiate through. The Union is sitting pretty, and the League is losing friends left, right and center.

posted by garfield at 01:57 PM on June 01

A deal will be done by June 15th. Probably ON June 15th.

posted by Samsonov14 at 10:06 AM on June 02

The plans for this new league have already been shitcanned. That was quick.

posted by Samsonov14 at 10:16 AM on June 02

" the plan was dropped two weeks ago because of time constraints." interesting.

posted by garfield at 10:25 AM on June 02

so, who are these two parties meeting, for a THIRD consecutive day, an unplanned day no less, and they didn't even need the weekend to 'regroup', which would've been par for the course for these patient-to-a-fault sides.

posted by garfield at 08:43 AM on June 03

I'm assuming they're meeting each other. Am I missing something?

posted by Samsonov14 at 09:56 AM on June 03

at some point today they'll be face to face... usually these scheduled two day meetings end with 'more meetings scheduled' for next week or whenever they feel like expensing another trip....they never meet on friday. i think its the first friday meeting throughout this entire process. i might be wrong on that, but i'm pretty sure this is a change in the standard operating procedure of the negotiations. nothing substantial, but something to chew on. i need to explain myself better.

posted by garfield at 10:14 AM on June 03

Ah. Gotcha. It really looks like there's a huge push to get a deal worked out by the middle of the month, and I'm actually feeling optimistic for the first time in a long time. Hopefully the media isn't blowing this whole "deal nearly done" stuff out of proportion. I'm not sure how much more disappointment I can handle. I'm starting to really enjoy watching baseball games on TV. That scares me.

posted by Samsonov14 at 10:36 AM on June 03

I'm starting to really enjoy watching baseball games on TV. That scares me. Pardon me, I'm laughing so hard the people in the next office suite knocked on the door to see if there was a problem.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:50 PM on June 03

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