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Banner year in doubt

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:56 AM ET

Ken King has big plans. Plans that appear even further from coming to fruition after yesterday's developments in the NHL lockout.

"I always hope there's going to be a season," said the Flames president after watching both Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow sling mud at each other.

"I'm very, very anxious to lower the Western Conference champions banner and hope we get a chance to do that but what I hope for and what may happen could be two different things."

Bettman and the collection of NHL owners waited from Thursday to yesterday to reject the union's proposal presented last week.

Goodenow and the NHLPA rejected the counter-offer, putting the season in jeopardy from the lockout that's now reached 90 days.

"I think the commissioner put together a bold and creative proposal and, yeah, I'm disappointed it wasn't accepted," King said. "But that's, I guess, part of the process.

"I hope the merit of our proposal will be seen and ultimately accepted."

Hard to imagine that happening.

King said he what the players offered wouldn't provide the right system for the 30 teams.

"It doesn't work from a business-case standpoint. In long consultation with Darryl (Sutter, the GM-head coach), it doesn't work from a hockey standpoint, in trying to build a on-ice team over time -- which it takes," he said. "When you don't fulfil those objectives, it doesn't work for the fan base, either. Regrettable, no, we did not see any way that would help us in Calgary."


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