Friday, February 18, 2005

Off Again, On Again?? 

If nothing else, the NHL seems to enjoy keeping its fans off-balance. After Wednesday's cancellation announcement, we now get this, courtesy of the The Hockey News and other sources:

Season saved Saturday?

February 18, 2005

The NHL season is expected to be "un-canceled" Saturday in New York.

A player close to the talks who asked to remain anonymous told The Hockey News the two sides have agreed to a deal in principle that features a $45-million salary cap. Asked if there was any way a deal won't get done, the player said,
"not that I can see. I couldn't possibly imagine the idea that somebody is going to try to make a name for themselves in the last minute here."

Consider me unconvinced. Both sides have been obstinate enough that I wouldn't be surprised if a deal fell through after they officially announced it. Don't hold your breath just yet for any dropping pucks. Indeed, while labor talks are definitely to resume on Saturday, not everyone thinks a deal is necessarily near:

...The union denied an online report Friday night that an agreement had been reached on a $45 million salary cap. An NHLPA spokesman told The Associated Press in an e-mail that the report was "absolutely false."...

So what's worse, having the season cancelled, or having our hopes dashed repeatedly?

(Hat Tip: Hockey Alliance.)

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