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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
If you have any doubt what a stalemate the NHL lockout has become, consider this: talks took a step backward last weekend because the league and the NHL Players' Association could not agree on who should pay for a) an extra trainer on the road and b) for each player to have his own hotel room.
Players felt teams should pay for both, especially since an extra trainer is a safety issue. Apparently, some teams only travel with one. As for single rooms, well, they've been fighting for that since Matt Stajan made Joe Nieuwendyk watch The Fifth Wheel. Right now, you can be solitary if you've played 600 NHL games.
The league, of course, feels otherwise, that these are added costs and should come out of hockey related revenue. There's no consensus and everybody leaves grumbling.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
If the NHLPA really wants to open a PR offensive, it should have individual players openly questioning the motives of individual owners. Just slamming Gary Bettman will never work. He's paid to take the crap. But if Brad Richards starts questioning why James Dolan needs to have a lockout, or if Claude Giroux takes some verbal swings at Ed Snider, or if Zdeno Chara challenges Jeremy Jacobs to explain himself, it might turn public pressure on those owners in the same way it used to do in the pre-cap era when owners were often questioned for not spending enough. Blaming Bettman for a third lockout - like the PA had nothing at all to do with all three - won't get the union anywhere if it wants to wage a propaganda war.
a few more hockey notes mixed in with other topcs in the world of sports...
Sometimes you can get a better feel of how things are going by actually seeing the parties talk instead of just reading what they said.
First Bill Daly (5:00 minutes) followed below by Steve Fehr (also 5:00 minutes).
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Padlocked hockey arenas hurt many people, and that includes some who usually receive little or no sympathy from fans — player agents. If the lockout drags on, they will feel the pinch.
“Big time. No question about it. You get paid when players get paid,” said Mark Gandler, whose agency International Sports Advisors is located in Franklin Lakes.
“At least in the past during the lockout players would get a stipend (from an NHL Players Association) fund. I think it was $5,000 or $10,000. Agents don’t get a stipend, and I don’t have any other work that I do. So it’s difficult.”
The impact is felt personally and professionally.
“This is our revenue. No business can operate without any revenue,” said Lewis Gross of Sports Professional Management in Englewood Cliffs, which represents players such as Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“A lot of agencies bill (clients) twice a year. We bill at the midpoint of the season and we bill when the season is over. So when you go an entire season without hockey, you’re looking at a long time in between. Not many businesses could survive that in any walk of life.”
The thing that is frustrating for us as players is this is the third time (second of my career) the players have been locked out by Gary Bettman and the owners. When I look at that, the first thing I think is that it shows a lack of respect for the fans. Secondly, it says to me that a lockout is the owners’ choice form of negotiation and that they are 100% comfortable taking a lock-them-out-and-see-how-they-react approach. Lastly, and most concerning for players and fans alike, is the fact that the owners, under the guidance of Bettman, have shown that they are willing to let an entire season burn to accomplish their plan.
-Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs at AskMen.com where you can read more from Lupul.
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