Sunday, May 22, 2005



There is a growing fear that too much optimism could hurt the chances of a deal getting done. This obviously exists as a result of what occurred in February the last time optimism reached these levels. It is vital that the pressure stay on both sides to finish this or we could be back there again.

Also, I would like to point out an oversight a reporter pointed out to me in my article this morning regarding Bettman's removal of replacement players. Bettman did indeed say the season would not start with RPs but did not rule out the possibility of using them in the future. This doesn't change my hypothesis that replacement players were Goodenow's strategy, and not starting with them was a huge issue in terme of th eplayers missing paychecks, but it is an important distinction to make...

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