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Ryan Miller believes two sides “are closer to making a deal than they were before”

Oct 19, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

Unlike Shawn “I am worried for the season, I’m really worried” Horcoff, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is still optimistic that the NHL and NHLPA will reach a new CBA sooner than later.

In fact, despite yesterday’s “step backward,” he’s even more hopeful now than he was last week.

Miller shared his view of the situation via text message with Josh Rimer of XM Radio.

Miller may have a point. As James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail notes, the two sides have at least agreed to get to a 50-50 revenue split. The difference is the NHL wants to get there right away and the NHLPA wants to get there gradually.

If one option is to bridge that relatively small gap (“small” compared to the enormous gulf that led to the cancellation of the 2004-05 season) and the other is to lose another entire season, surely the two sides can find a way to make a deal.

Right?

(Please be right.)

  1. hockeyflow33 - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Lets hope so

    • cweez2 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      They’re not dancing around the ring anymore. I think the real negotiations have begun.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    And Minnesota is closer to Nashville than Miami, but it’s still far away

    • stakex - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Thanks a lot Johnny Raincloud.

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Players need to cut down the starting percentage. Make it slightly lower and make it get to 50% faster. Lets say 57% year one, 53% year 2 and 50% the rest of the years.

  4. kodyknight2821 - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Honestly, I forgot Ryan Miller existed until I read this. Hi Ryan.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      ;-)

  5. tmoore4075 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    He’s way optimistic. This where I think it gets to become more of a pain because while they both say they want to get to 50/50 they have different views on how to get there and neither will cave because it’ll make them look weak. Well they think it’ll make them look weak but the fans will look at it as getting hockey. Minor difference.

    • stakex - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Well the point is, now that it seems things are settleing in on a 50/50 split getting there much be easier. Just becasue both sides were pissed off at eachother yesterday, doesn’t mean there won’t be a deal in the next week.

      At this point, if both sides can agree on a 50/50 split… no one will look good if a deal still doesn’t get done. So expect both sides to be in the talking mood over the next week.

      The only real question is if Fehr even wants to get a deal done, or if he cares for the players he represents. He has no stake in this fight, and loses nothing if the season is lost and the NHL brand is destroyed. Say what you want about Bettman and the owners (and the players themselves), but such an outcome will have a huge negative impact on them and their interest, so if a deal can be done they will do it.

      • tmoore4075 - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        I hope you’re right. I think the players are letting Fehr just lead the way. I understand where they are coming from I really do. He’s telling them that they gave a lot last time (and they did) and they shouldn’t this time. And while that sounds good and in principle might be true the owners will get more of what they want. They did last time and they will this time. Bob Goodenow did the same thing last time telling them they wouldn’t get a salary cap. How’d that work out? If we’re not playing by Thanksgiving I think the season is gone.

        Miller’s right that we are indeed closer but they both seem to be stupid.

  6. blomfeld - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    YOU’RE DARN TOOTIN !

    Refreshing to hear another “composed” voice of reason like Ryan Miller’s, amid this sea of otherwise frightened and frantic sheep. Of course there’s going to be a season and of course it’s going to start soon ! Anyway, can’t say I’m a big Sabers fan, though I do acknowledge Miller as being in the “top 5″ in terms of best NHL goalies today …

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Corey Schneider
    3) Carey Price
    4) Ryan Miller
    5) Henrik Lundquist …

    28) Marc-Andre Fleury
    29) Roberto Luongo
    30) Ilya Bryzgalov

    • miketoasty - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Marc Andre Fluery at 28. That’s laughable. Which of the goalies on your list have a Stanley Cup ring? Not that that makes a great goalie, but lets be serious here.

      • jimw81 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        Corey Schneider #2. not even close.

        1) Jonathan Quick
        2) Henrik Lundquist
        3) Corey Schneider
        4) Ryan Miller
        5) Carey Price

        as for bottom two
        29) Ilya Bryzgalov
        30) Roberto Luongo

        The reason why Bryz is ahead of Luongo because bryz can get on hot streak then stumble rather watching Luongo stumbling all over the place. Fluery is atleast a top 15 goalie.

      • blomfeld - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Friend … I’m not sure what your deal is ? All I know is that you Penguins and Flyers had some playoff games recently, which I recall saw more scoring than a NBA game ! As for who has a SC ring ? Well that would be none other than our man Quick ! :)

      • blomfeld - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        jimw81 – The justification for your list “tweaking” is sound ! :) In all seriousness though, I do feel sorry for the Flyers. At times last season, Bryzgalov almost appeared to be … how shall we put this … of a “slower” bouquet ? With so much money and talent invested up front, for the life of me it doesn’t make sense how they can have a clown like him between the pipes ? I know they’d never get him, but even Luongo would be a major improvement !

      • ron05342 - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        Maybe.

        But Fleury looked absolutely “less than zero” in that Philly series…let’s see if it drags out into the next season.

        Whenever that will be…

  7. slickvb82 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    @jimw81

    “Corey Schneider #2. not even close”

    He’s #3….haha classic

  8. canuck54143 - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Why not make it a 10 year deal with the first four years working toward 50-50, and the remaining 6 years at 50-50. Both sides win and the fans win most because we don’t have to listen to more bull sh@t labor dispute crap, and the league is set for 10 years without strike or lock out. Now the players may have to give a little here and there to make this happen, but so will the owners. Make them look at the nfl model that requires teams to maximize hpp in their market, if that market won’t support the team move it to cities that can and will support teams. Sorry Florida, Arizona, Dallas, and Hello Quebec, Seattle, Hamilton, Hartford, Toronto, and Chicago.

  9. liberalgamer - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    What’s a Ryan Miller?

    • amateurcommander - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Oh, nothing. Just some guy who played like one of the best goalies, if not the best goalie, after the all-star break.

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