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NHL Labour Update: A 1.74 Billion Dollar Sticking Point

That sounds friendly.

Maybe if I hadn’t already lived through a couple of labour stoppages, I wouldn’t be so pessimistic about the next thirty days.

It’s hard to pick a side in this issue.  I’m not completely for (or against) either side, but it appears whatever feelings of optimism that were around last week have been squashed like a rotten vegetable when the union rep Don Fehr spoke after meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

It appears that we are headed toward a work stoppage, and all the ice cream in the world isn’t going to bring these two sides closer together anytime soon.

“There’s a pretty substantial monetary gulf,”

That’s NHLPA union head Don Fehr in the NY Daily News on August 15th.  How ‘substantial’ is that monetary gulf? About $1.74 BILLION DOLLARS, accordng to the article. That’s BILLION, with a B.  This ‘monetary gulf’ needs to be bridged by September 15th.


If we can find $1.74 billion people to chip in a dollar, then we’ll be set.  Yes, that’s it exactly.

Both sides are set to get together again this week.  Brace yourselves.

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