While we understand that few want to hear anything more about the NHL lockout until Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr stand behind a bank of microphones and shake hands on a new collective bargaining agreement, we figured it might be okay to slip in a few of the important dates that got the sides to this point in New York City:
July 13 -- After a couple of feeling-out sessions, the NHL clobbers the Players' Association with a five-pronged assault/proposal, including a drop in share to hockey-related revenue to 46% from 57%. Players say their calculators indicate that share really is 43%. Owners also looking for contracts to be limited to five years, that players spend 10 seasons in the NHL before unrestricted free agency, that salary arbitration is abolished and that entry-level contracts go to five years from three. Once they regain consciousness, players refuse to accept it.