Bruins owner willing to wait

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:27 PM ET

Frustrated NHL owners appear more and more willing to pull the plug on the 2004-05 season. Apparently ignoring the union's allegations that the league's numbers were erratic in its counter-proposal tabled earlier this week, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs sees no problem with flushing the campaign away if it means getting the right cost-efficient deal completed in the long run.

"If I were leaning, I'm leaning more (toward) wait for next year," Jacobs told the Boston Globe.

"We're talking to a group of guys (among the union's negotiating committee) who, if we wait until next year, they probably won't be the guys who eventually will be playing.

"This is a wasting asset in their case. In our case, we're trying to preserve an asset. They're blaming us for getting where we are and we're assuming full responsibility for that. But they're not agreeing with our cure for it"

Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider said the owners won't buckle despite absorbing salvos from the union.

"You can say that the owners are stupid, and (NHL executive director Bob Goodenow) can say all the crap he wants, but the bottom line is we have a system that doesn't work," Snider told the Philadelphia Daily News.


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