I will prove to you in a series of quotes over the last several days that the CBA negotiations are nearing their end. First from Gary Bettman yesterday:
''I'm trying to get us on to the same page,'' Bettman said. ''I'm trying to get us on to a common language.''
Also from Bettman, but when the Owners were reviewing the Player's proposal:
"It's clear to me that they didn't put it together in an hour or two, and as a result we're going to need to take a little bit of time to evaluate it," Bettman said.
And now again from yesterday, but this time a quote from Montreal player representative Mathieu Darche.
''It didn't take them five minutes to write it and it won't take us five minutes to read it.''
WEll, if that doesn't sound like common language from Bettman and Darche, I don't know what does. Yes sir, we've just about got this thing licked.