SUN Hockey Pool

Daly speaks out

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

SUN: Any meetings scheduled with the union?

B.D.: No ... (Ted Saskin and I) met in New York a couple of weeks ago; we've talked on the phone and had several written correspondences; we saw each other at the Hall of Fame inductions; but we've had no real collective bargaining.

SUN: Will the season be wiped out if there is no new CBA by mid-December? Conversely, if a deal is reached, will 45 days be needed to organize things before a season can start?

B.D.: Obviously if we settle this and sign a CBA, we'll look at things like the schedule, how many games we can play with the structure of the schedule, what dates are available at the arenas. If it makes sense at that time to have a season or partial season, we're going to do it. I wouldn't read too much into the 45 days being a neccessary window before we can start playing. But obviously each day that goes by is another day we're not playing hockey and we're getting closer to the season slipping away.

SUN: If there is no draft next summer, does Sidney Crosby become a free agent?

B.D.: In regard to what happens to the rights of players in the event there is no draft vis-a-vis NHL clubs, they totally are controlled by the collective bargaining agreement. While Crosby could be a free agent vis-a-vis clubs all over the world, he won't neccessarily be a free agent vis-a-vis the 30 NHL clubs. His rights will be negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement.

SUN: Forbes Magazine suggested the league's losses were more than $100 million US less than the NHL claims. You responded by saying the piece was irresponsible. Why?

B.D.: Here's what frustrates me the most. It's irresponsible in the face of the Levitt Report, (which) had access to everything and which accounted for everything. Forbes had no access to anyone's numbers.

SUN: At some point, will lucrative big-market teams like the Maple Leafs begin pressuring the league to get a deal done?

B.D.: I can say factually at this point that is not the case. It might be somewhere down the road. I will say that you have a situation in which the league as a whole is very unified, and I think that does distinguish it from where we were in '94-95.


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