The expected rejection today by the NHL owners of a players' association proposal for salary cuts, but no salary cap, has left many Calgarians dejected -- but not surprised -- about the dwindling possibility of pro hockey this season. "It would have been a great Christmas present for a lot of Calgarians, but I don't think anybody can be really surprised," said 35-year-old puck aficionado Darren Haynes.
"I was resigned there'd be no season anyway, so this was just a little Christmas hope for a few days."
"The players are not listening that the league wants a cap of salaries, so I think that's why it didn't fly," said Michael Henkelman, a 34-year-old Flames fan.
"It's disappointing, because I want to watch professional hockey again."
Today the league is slated to table a counter-proposal to the one offered by the players' association.
"From an ownership standpoint, there has to be cost certainty," said Flames fan Dale Hosea.
"It's like (former Canucks GM) Brian Burke said, 'The offer was a good start, but the numbers won't work.' "