SATHER: Some change is going to be good for both sides, and they'll find a way to modify the agreement so it will work for everyone. SI: What would ownership want out of the new agreement?
SATHER: We need ways of controlling costs and equalizing competitiveness. I don't think we'll want to try and regulate salaries or completely share expenses. But there are some inequities among teams.
SI: What changes, Don, do players want?
MEEHAN: I'm comfortable with the agreement now. It works well for both sides.
SHANAHAN: Gary Bettman and [ NHLPA executive director] Bob Goodenow have done a great job. Now they're getting paid to talk. This is the one hurdle that they have to work on together. That's it. The players pay Bob a good salary, and Gary gets paid a good salary. Their job is to avoid a work stoppage. If there is one, Gary and Bob failed.