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08:17 AM ET 01.02 | As the NHL lockout nears its make-or-break point and proposals are being more quickly -- if not encouragingly -- volleyed, there remain sticking points. The key issues for the players are the drop in the salary cap in 2013-14, the first full season since the lockout began, and what they will lose in salary through escrow. ... Sources with ties to the players have said if the owners are willing to accept a $67-million cap in 2013-14, the players would be willing to sign a new agreement for 10 years, which was demanded by the owners. Another major issue was salary variance. The owners originally wanted no more than 5-per-cent variance in a player's salary from year to year but raised that to 10 per cent in last week's offer.

The Globe and Mail

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January 2, 2013  08:43 AM ET

They will get this deal done just in time for WGAF!!!!

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January 2, 2013  09:02 AM ET

The remaining key issues

1) bettman is an idiot
2) fehr is an idiot
3) anything else can be solved by fixing #s 1&2

January 2, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The remaining key issues1) bettman is an idiot2) fehr is an idiot3) anything else can be solved by fixing #s 1&2

Concise. Accurate.

January 2, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear until the players hit the ice!

January 2, 2013  10:35 AM ET

The remaining key issues

The contract is not signed

January 2, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The remaining key issues1) bettman is an idiot2) fehr is an idiot3) anything else can be solved by fixing #s 1&2

in both cases you do a disservice by not utilizing a Capital letter "I" in idiot ;-)

January 2, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

in both cases you do a disservice by not utilizing a Capital letter "I" in idiot ;-)

I stand corrected.
Actually, I'm sitting, but you get the point

January 2, 2013  10:42 AM ET

What will annoy me is if they get a deal done then walk around like they were the big saviours

January 2, 2013  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

What will annoy me is if they get a deal done then walk around like they were the big saviours

What do you mean "if they get a deal done then walk"

they will

January 2, 2013  11:14 AM ET

whats infuriating is that it seems to always have to get to the very last minute for any of these yoyos to get anything done..... they could have made efforts to move towards each other months ago and made alot more money.

January 2, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The remaining key issues 1) bettman is an idiot 2) fehr is an idiot 3) anything else can be solved by fixing #s 1&2

But .... sigh .... we all know that won't happen.

January 2, 2013  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

What will annoy me is if they get a deal done then walk around like they were the big saviours

And, like good freaking politicians, both sides will puff their chests out and claim victory ... even when we all know both sides have lost.

January 2, 2013  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

whats infuriating is that it seems to always have to get to the very last minute for any of these yoyos to get anything done..... they could have made efforts to move towards each other months ago and made alot more money.

They figure the short term loss in revenue will be made up with a 10-year CBA, which appears to be what will be signed.

January 2, 2013  11:47 AM ET

A real twisted part of me wanted a deal done on the weekend just to see if the Islanders really would pull there guys back this far into the Juniors tournament !

January 2, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

A real twisted part of me wanted a deal done on the weekend just to see if the Islanders really would pull there guys back this far into the Juniors tournament !

Are there any other parts? :-)

January 2, 2013  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

What do you mean "if they get a deal done then walk" they will

Is that your dog with the 'Jay Leno stripe'? Cute pup.

January 2, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

They figure the short term loss in revenue will be made up with a 10-year CBA, which appears to be what will be signed.

im not disagreeing with you on that.... but ill never understand why the same urgencies to get a deal done couldnt have been done earlier.... i know thats how alot of negotiations go.... but in reality there was no real negotiating going on until the last couple days.... just alot of media play and posturing...

 
January 2, 2013  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They will get this deal done just in time for WGAF!!!!

I'm already there.

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