Monday Night: The Players, after 6 months of saying they would rather die than accept a cap, accept a cap in theory. The Owners also agree to stop linking revenue to spending in the formation of the cap. Figures are a ways apart as the owners insist on $40 million and the players are talking $52 million, but there is hope.
Tuesday Afternoon: Bettman offers the final, final, final offer of a $42 million cap in the form of a pompous, scolding letter to Goodenow that somehow got leaked to the media.
Tuesday Dinner: Goodenow responds with a proposal of a $49 million cap to the final, final, final offer.
Moments After Tuesday Dinner: Bettman rejects Goodenow’s proposal out to half-court, and still claims that it will be $42 million or he pulls the plug at lunch Wednesday.
I still feel like it will get done, but obviously the developments of the last 24 hours make you question the whole thing.
Keep in mind that when/if this gets done, they still have arbitration, free agency age, and a few other topics to sort through which could take days. Then, we are looking at 3 weeks before hockey which would be a 28 game season and then playoffs. But I promise you this, if these clowns cancel this sport for a few million in either direction, I wish them all immediate disease.
The plot thickens….Get It Done, Boys!
By the way, here is the full story about our day with Lee Corso from SportsbyBrooks.com , including audio of the full deal. Thanks, Brooks! We even made Fark!
Mavs with another Western Win …
Bledsoe released, to Dallas? …
ESPN.com has learned that there were discussions between the Bills and Dallas Cowboys officials in recent days about a potential trade. It is not known if the Cowboys opted not to pursue those talks or if Bledsoe advised the Bills he did not wanted to be traded. Such a deal would have reunited Bledsoe with Bill Parcells, the coach who brought him into the league as the first overall prospect selected in the 1993 draft.
Bledsoe’s Career Numbers ….