It is the owner's franchise and investment risk-lock,stock and barrel.
The GM's report directly to the owners and anything they do with their owners money they are accountable for.
Every big money deal must meet owner's approval-it is their dough,not the GM's.
Exactly, and this is why I think the owners are going to be the ones on the other side of public opinion this time around.
There are a few teams out there that seem to be interested in nothing but themselves and nothing but the present. Philly comes to mind right away, but they aren't the only ones.
Eventually there is so much spending like drunken sailors, the have-not teams decide something must be done, so here we are in a position where the players are being asked to make concessions in order to correct the mistakes of a handful of reckless organizations.
I remember reading a comment on this board that suggested the PA has a "tougher" leader this time around, however, people should remember that Goodenough wanted to stay the course in the last lockout. It was factions within the PA itself that forced the agreement.
I don't think you'll see that same type of fragmentization this time around. The owners had better be prepared to live with a 50/50 revenue split, or it could be a long time before we see NHL hockey again.
Orland Kurtenbach and Dennis Kearns had just been torched 8-1 by the Habs, but they still took time to come out to meet us, some fellow BC boys who were playing hockey in Montreal. THAT"S what being a Canuck is!