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Roenick backs higher cap

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

JR might be KOed by the PA if he keeps this up. Indeed, the always colourful and outspoken Jeremy Roenick was at it again this week, suggesting the NHL players' association might be able to "survive" with a salary cap.

Roenick's comments, which came during an interview on ESPN Thursday, caused a number of NHLers to sit up and take notice.

"My first thought when I saw that was that JR was still suffering from post-concussion syndrome,"Maple Leafs player rep Bryan McCabe said last night before breaking into laughter.

"Hey, I don't mean that. I was just joking."

Jesting aside, McCabe said his fellow players should not be bitter with Roenick about his controversial statements.

"That's just JR being JR,"McCabe said. "Everyone knows how he is. He's a character."

Roenick's interview elicited plenty of attention yesterday after he indicated a cost-certainty system might be acceptable.

"(But) we haven't even got anything close to something acceptable. I think a lot of players might want to play for a cap, but not for (what) they're offering. That bone hasn't been thrown."

For the record the NHLPA has no interest in a cap.

"I really don't feel very optimistic," Roenick said. "I think they've really beaten a dead horse, and that dead horse right now is the NHL."


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