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Is Goodenow next target?

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

The NHL may be ready to announce the game is back on again but the future of NHL Players' Association union boss Bob Goodenow is not exactly carved in stone.

Goodenow said yesterday he is not surprised that many questions regarding his future with the NHLPA have arisen.

"There have been reports and speculation and that goes with the territory," Goodenow said.

"I enjoy my work, I have a contract and I intend to abide by it, certainly."

NHLPA president Trevor Linden said the Goodenow's job status has not been a hot-button issue among the association's executive committee.

"We prepared very diligently for this day and for the ratification vote, so we haven't put a lot of thought into that and we're looking forward to moving forward and embracing this agreement," Linden said.

One prominent Maple Leaf put his support behind Goodenow.

"I'm not going to sit here and say Bob should no longer be part of the PA," forward Gary Roberts said. "I look at what Bob and the association have done for me the past 10 years and I have nothing to complain about."

PRICES SLASHES

Columbus Blue Jackets fans will be paying less to watch their team when the NHL resumes play in October.

The Blue Jackets announced they're reducing their season-ticket prices for the coming season by an average of 8%.

The club also said that some seats at Nationwide Arena will be available for as low as $13 US, the lowest since the team joined the NHL in 2000.

STUDY HALL

Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe saw the new collective bargaining agreement twice in the past couple of days -- during the team player rep meetings and in the general meeting. And McCabe was glad he had two crash courses.

"It's a 600-page brief and a lot of us have not been in high school for 10 years," McCabe said with a laugh. "It's a lot of stuff to take in. I was glad I got to sit through it twice."

UNTIL NEXT YEAR

NHL player agent Don Meehan does not expect an abundance of long-term deals to be signed by free agents this summer.

"I sense that before teams are committed to long-term arrangements they will probably take a wait-and-see attitude to get though this year," Meehan said. "I still sense you will see a conservative attitude, and you will probably see stronger commitments on longer-term deals next year."


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