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Time to trump PA's boss: 'You're fired'

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

I have come to despise Bob Goodenow, and I'm like a little kid at Christmas the way I look forward to the day the NHL Players' Association comes to its senses and fires his ass. I'm sick of seeing his face on TV, even when he isn't being rude to a TSN reporter who has the audacity to ask him questions about the wildfire he fuels.

I'm so very tired of listening to his rhetoric, particularly when it includes the words 'salary cap.'

Bobby Brainwasher has somehow managed to keep players convinced the owners will ultimately crumble, even when every rational person following this fight would bet that's never going to happen. He is credited for boosting the average NHL salary by $1 million the past decade and now he is determined that it doesn't dip a bit. It's obvious he'd rather the league shut down and allow his clients to look for work that will pay them considerably less.

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These players would make a lot of money under any new agreement. And to date, they've scored big if only by pushing the owners into offering profit sharing and entitlement to a third-party auditor.

But there's going to be a salary cap when the NHL starts up again, and years are going to tick off their precious careers if they insist on waiting until the owners allow otherwise.

More likely, replacement players will take their spots next season, and it won't take long for the fans to forget the difference. Long after the Mats Sundins and Daniel Alfredssons are gone, the Maple Leafs-Senators rivalry will live strong, as people cheer for the sweaters -- the brands -- more than the millionaires who wear them.

The players should hold a vote, like Jeremy Roenick says. It would surely lead to the start of a hockey season -- and the end of Bob Goodenow's career as the players' association boss -- and that would be great news on both counts.

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