December 29, 2004
Clarke unloads on Goodenow
By TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun
Add Bob Clarke to the list of NHL people who aren't overly impressed with union boss Bob Goodenow. The Philadelphia Flyers general manager dumped on Goodenow after being asked what his thoughts were regarding the NHL lockout.
"It's just beyond my imagination how Goodenow could do this to the game," Clarke told The Toronto Sun. "Every generation of players has made sacrifices for the good of the game and this generation has benefited the most.
"Salaries are the highest, they're in private planes, all this stuff. Nobody resents it, but man oh man, don't hurt the game now."
In the most recent round of talks between the NHL and NHLPA earlier this month, the sides rejected each other's proposals, with no further discussions planned.
The NHL rejected a proposal from the players that included a 24% rollback in salaries, and the NHLPA said no to a counter-proposal, which included a salary cap.
The NHL's board of governors meet on Jan. 14, when it's widely expected they will agree on a drop-dead date for the season, if not cancel it outright.
As fierce a competitor off the ice as he was when he led the Flyers to a couple of Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s, Clarke is having a big problem digesting the probability there will be no NHL hockey this season.
"I just know if it goes the wrong way, it is going to be painful for us all for a long time," Clarke said. "It is painful now."