With the players set to be locked out come this Saturday, NHLPA head Donald Fehr flanked by over 250 players, held a press conference today to lay out the players current CBA proposal to the NHL while ramming into our heads that the players are willing to give a little in order to stabilize the league. He also repeatedly told us the players want to play,”The players want to find a way to make an agreement,” is what the man said to be exact. I should note that while listening to Fehr speak I couldn’t help but feel that he sounded an awful lot like my father did when he use to give me the old “I’m not mad I’m just disappointed” speech. Watch for yourself here.
After Fehr was done telling us how dedicated to playing hockey this year the players were, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a little press conference of his own and it was just as repetitive as Fehr’s but in the kind of way that screamed here comes an NHL lockout. Bettman repeatedly said the owners and the league weren’t willing to keep paying the players the kind of money they are right now when it comes to hockey related revenue and I assume they were talking about the players salaries. Which makes absolutely no sense when you look at some of the contracts given out by teams recently but I digress.
Mr. Bettman was then also kind enough to inform us that the owners voted in favor of a lockout should a new CBA not be in place by the time the current one expires this Saturday. So when NHL superstar Sidney Crosby answered, “It’s not looking great” after being asked if it looked like the NHL season would start on time, you can understand why I call that an understatement.
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