Yzerman: 'I'm not convinced this is all over'

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

Steve Yzerman hasn't given up all hope on an NHL season.

The Red Wings captain told the Sun last night he doesn't have any inside information, but he still believes the two sides in the NHL's labour dispute have time to find common ground in the next "24-48 hours."

"This is all speculation on my part, but I know how negotiations can go and I'm just not convinced that this is all over. I still believe that can something can happen overnight," Yzerman said from his Detroit-area home.

DOOR NOT CLOSED

"I just thought when Gary Bettman was asked the question about the union coming back with another offer of $45 million(all terms US) he didn't close the door. I'm not going to say that's going to happen and I'm not going to say it should happen.

"We've decided we can accept a salary cap. Since we've gone that route, what strikes me is that we're just down to negotiating numbers. Both sides just have to find a number that they are able to work off."

There was talk yesterday some players might urge NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow to go back to the league to see if they weren't able to bridge the gap. The players offered to accept $49-million cap after the league had offered a $42.5-million cap when discussions ended early yesterday.

FULLY SUPPORTIVE

"I'm not involved in negotiations and I fully support everything we've done up to this point. I just thought Gary Bettman left an opening for negotiation. Although, I don't know if it would come to that," said Yzerman.


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