These schmoes got to within 6.5 mil of each other and couldn't just split the f'n' difference?
The best part about the whole thing is Bettman's statement in the QnA part where he said:
From Canadian Press:
The NHL is planning for the 2005-06 season, and will pursue more labour talks but Bettman warned the league is going to have to look at a "completely different economic model and it is going to have to have linkage (between revenue and player salary costs)."
"The best deal that was on the table is now gone," he added.
So, now the NHL would like to explore an entirely different model... meaning ALL the negotiating will start over from square 1.
It just re-inforces my belief that this latest round of talks was merely for "show". I think that's the reason they didn't split the difference because the NHL never intended to move forward on this latest offer...