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|They Said It|
|Here are some of the reactions from
around the NHL and the sports world after Wednesday's cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season:
"This isn't basketball, this isn't ACC football. They could take probably 10 years off and pick up. This is a fragile sport, we're trying to build it here. We need to get back out there."
-- Rod Brind'Amour, Hurricanes center "That's crazy, to cancel a whole season. It's a real shame because nobody wins -- the owners, the players, the fans. It's a lose-lose-lose situation and obviously, with our collective bargaining agreement expiring July 1 for the NBA, we need to work hard to make sure that doesn't happen to us.
-- Matt Bonner, Toronto Raptors forward "The pendulum has swung so far in the wrong direction that average salary is now $1.8 million. When we played, we drove Chevrolets, and now the players drive Mercedes and Porsches. ... I don't know that the players of our game understand the economics of our game, and I don't know that the union is wanting them to either."
-- Bob Pulford, Blackhawks GM "From the minute it started, it was a 'no-win' deal. Owner or player, you might think you are going to win, but you don't. Losing the entire season is a big blow. ... The NHL is going to have a tough time coming back."
-- Jay Robinson, NASCAR Busch Series team owner "As one of the few Canadian nationals in stock car racing, it probably affects me more than almost anyone else. There are thousands of NHL fans in the United States, but I don't think they really understand the impact of no professional hockey in Canada. You tell an 8-year-old Canadian kid that there is no Santa Claus, he'll live with that. No hockey? He won't stop crying until it starts next winter."
-- Marty Gaunt, Clean Line Motorsports general manager
"I feel real bad for fans, players and owners. It's a tough situation. I just hope they are able to look back and say, 'Hey, we lost a whole season, but from this point on, we have a system in place that will allow the players to feel good about the money they are making.' It's going to allow the owners to present a product that will be enjoyable and exciting for the fans. I hope they don't look back and say it wasn't worth blowing up the whole season about it because that would be a real shame."
-- Antonio Davis, Chicago Bulls forward-center
"It's frustrating, but I'm glad we didn't take their offer just to play hockey. I'm glad we stayed strong with our belief that our proposal would work."
-- Stars left wing Brenden Morrow