Stop the insanity

CHRIS STEVENSON, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

The World Hockey Association is making a comeback. Theo Fleury is angry.

A player is retracting his remarks questioning the resolve of his brothers in the National Hockey League Players' Association.

The NHL and the 'PA aren't talking.

Another player is heading for Europe (who cares, except for the guy whose job he's taking?).

Are you, like me, weary of the sameness of it all?

Another player (or owner) says he's willing to give up next year, too.

Nothing changes.

Groundhog Day is still a couple of weeks away, but we, like Bill Murray's character in the movie, live out the same news from the hockey world, day after day.

The NHL lockout continues, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA head Bob Goodenow with their hands wrapped around each other's necks, both their faces turning blue.

"I can hold my breath longer," they each say through gritted teeth.

At some point, one of them is going to pass out.

When, who knows?

The players' association has made a significant offer to roll back their salaries 24%, basically giving the owners a do-over. That's a wonderful start.

They've offered a luxury tax, though it is not punitive enough.

Make it a dollar-for-dollar tax over the threshold and you're getting somewhere.

The NHL wants cost certainty, but what is certain in the world of business, really?

This is a situation that cries out for leadership and vision, but none is forthcoming.

It's time for the moderate voices on both sides to exert their influence and save a $2-billion business that is on the verge of causing itself irreparable damage.

Surely, there must be minds on each side of the chasm that can envision how to build a bridge.

Let them speak up now.

Those in charge so far have nothing left to say.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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