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Afternoon Line- Marc-Edouard Vlasic

“I started laughing, that’s not negotiating. It’s not.”

“As an athlete, it’s your right to go to the Olympics. I don’t know if [the report] is true. I hope it’s not. That’s not the way you negotiate things. But, if that is true, all of a sudden they don’t mind having a two-week break in the NHL for a three-year collective bargaining agreement.”

-Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks on the talked about offer of a CBA extension for the right to play in the Olympics.  Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea has more.

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Hootinani's avatar

While I agree it’s a shitty way to negotiate, it is absolutely not your right to go play in an unsanctioned international tournament while under contract with an NHL team.

Posted by Hootinani on 11/17/16 at 07:29 PM ET

Primis's avatar

As an athlete, it’s your right to go to the Olympics.

Your lucrative contract says otherwise.

Getting tougher and tougher to side with the PA.  They don’t reside in the same reality as everyone else.

Posted by Primis on 11/17/16 at 07:37 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

I think the players should not be faulted for having a reasonable expectation to be allowed to play in the Olympics. The NHL has participated in every one since 1998 without much hesitation at all. But now Gary “Grow the Game” Bettman doesn’t want to go this time bkz it’s somewhere where hockey isn’t very big. Never mind that this is the absolutely perfect place to get new eyes on your product.

That said, I wouldn’t mind terribly if it returned to using amateur players. But you can bet the KHL will allow its players to go, so you may as well print the gold medals up in Russian.

Posted by Steeb on 11/17/16 at 10:03 PM ET


It’s not like I’m so sympathetic to guys making millions playing sports (albeit, in a very grinding, grueling league and sport).

But I see Vlasic’s point: the Olympics has (unless you think it’s a cynical, manipulative scam that’s mostly about money) always been seen as the pinnacle in most areas of world sports, and it’s supposed to be in a sense, “above” any pro league; it’s about representing your country.

For the NHL to now directly blur it into just another CBA issue or bargaining chip and sort of hold the Olympics hostage in exchange for an overall extension of the whole CBA…well, I can see how many players would be offended.

And from a negotiating stand-point, when you’re presented with an early offer you think is insulting or ridiculous, or that involves an issue you think is inappropriate, you don’t have to pretend to take it seriously and immediately start negotiating off of that offer.

I mean, if the players are exactly sources of deep sympathy, how about the greedy, hardball owners who see every CBA as a chance to lock out and grab another piece from the players. I think I’d take Vlasic over Jeremy Jacobs.

Posted by Lefty30 on 11/19/16 at 07:11 AM ET

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