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09-16-2004, 09:49 PM
NHL Hockey Players Start Looking for Work

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By ROB GLOSTER, AP Sports Writer (AP via Yahoo!)

NHL players began scattering across the globe Thursday in search of work on Day 1 of the lockout, with no negotiations scheduled between union and management. While rinks from Pittsburgh to Montreal to Anaheim figure to be quiet in the coming weeks, the ice will be crowded with high-priced talent in places such as the Czech Republic.

In North America, the predominant sound Thursday at NHL practice arenas was silence. In Columbus, Ohio, the speakers outside the Blue Jackets' arena were quiet instead of blaring franchise highlights. Some players held informal workouts, while others were busy looking for work — either overseas, or in the revived World Hockey Association that plans to open Oct. 29 or in a six-team circuit called the Original Stars Hockey League that will feature four-on-four play.

Others are expected to appear in the AHL, where the season begins Oct. 13. Three Ottawa Senators (news) regulars will play for a farm team in Binghamton, N.Y., and Ottawa goalie Dominik Hasek is expected to at least work out with the minor league team for two weeks.

The league is seeking massive economic change, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said the confrontation possibly could extend to the 2005-06 season and jeopardize the NHL's place in the 2006 Winter Olympics. He said the teams combined to lose more than $1.8 billion over 10 years, adding management will not agree to a deal that doesn't include a defined relationship between revenue and salaries. Union head Bob Goodenow said players are "not prepared to entertain a salary cap in any way, shape, measure or form."

The 30 teams — 24 in the United States, six in Canada — had been set to start opening training camps Thursday, the day after the expiration of the current labor contract. The deal was first agreed to in 1995 and extended two years later through Sept. 15, 2004. Bettman termed the extension "a mistake, in hindsight." While players and owners defended their positions Thursday, one player reflected on what could be his second lost season in recent years.

The stoppage is the first for a North American major league since the 1998-99 NBA lockout cut each club's regular-season schedule from 82 games to 50. It is the third stoppage for the NHL.

09-17-2004, 02:12 AM
Only two days ago, we were soaring high on the news that Canada won the world cup of hockey and now this.....

Its too bad that it has come down to a players strike. I think it was a long time coming. Players in the US and Canada have not been paid equally or fairly for a long time. The dispute over the salary cap that the owners are proposing is just another reason for economic reform of the league.

I don't think its fair that the fans should have to suffer.