It's not a hard leap to go from cost certainty to lost certainly. The window to save this season is now measured in days and perhaps even hours, but one agent is still holding out hope.
Neither the NHL nor the players' association said they would make the effort to pick up the phone, but the agent is convinced there will be another round of talks.
"I'd be very surprised if Bob (Goodenow, the PA boss) doesn't pick up the phone and call," said the agent.
"He's known for making his best deals at the deadline and this is the deadline."
HEAR AND THERE: Renegades president Brad Watters is "expecting the league to rectify (the salary cap) situation." I'm expecting to win a lottery sometime soon ... It's a strange situation. You have the CFL flourishing these days while ignoring its salary cap while the NHL stands on the edge of the oblivion trying to get one.
REVELATIONS: Pride is one of the seven deadly sins and it's also costly (see NHLPA; lost wages over the cap). Ditto for Dave Renwick, former caddie for Vijay Singh. "I just wasn't getting the respect I deserve," Renwick told Golfweek. "It was either nothing or a negative if he did speak to me. There's only so much of that you can take, no matter how good the money is." Retorted Singh: "For a guy who made $1.7 million in two years, he's pretty bitter." ... The CFL finally revealed the results of its investigation into an alleged racial slur by an on-field official back in October (the official was cleared). Any day now, it should announce the Argos won the Grey Cup.
SPECULATIONS: U.S. President George W. Bush was the managing partner of the Texas Rangers when players were supposedly using steroids. He doesn't have a good track record of finding weapons of mass construction or destruction, does he? ... If Vince Carter showed as much determination on the court as he did in the training room while throwing the coach around, maybe he wouldn't be regarded as a whiny wimp.
JUST WONDERING: Fuzzy Zoeller had to undergo an angioplasty to alleviate blockage in two arteries. Maybe a little too much fried chicken, or whatever it is he eats? ... Jason Giambi kept saying he's sorry, he's sorry, but he wouldn't tell us for what. Isn't it usually the other way around? Guys apologize and they're the ones who don't know why, only that they should ... Hey, did you know Singh, who hits more balls in practice than anybody, goes through three sets of irons a year because he wears the grooves out?
LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT: Two Brandon University basketball players were suspended by the CIS after testing positive for cocaine and cannabis. The Portland Trail Blazers immediately dispatched two scouts ... Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb says he wasn't sick during the final moments of the Super Bowl. Maybe not, but thousands of Eagles fans were.
NAPKIN NOTES: A 28-game NHL regular season? That would have been perfect for Jaromir Jagr. That's how many games he shows up a season ... Junior star Sidney Crosby's French is pretty decent and is only going to get better. That's going to make him a great salesman for the NHL game. The league's going to need all the help it can get, in both official languages.
PARTING SHOT: Hey, my hotel in Jacksonville called. The cab I ordered to take me to the Super Bowl is at the door.
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