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Blame Both Sides

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Ken Dryden has a harsh message for both sides in the NHL lockout — they’re both to blame if the 2012-13 season is lost.

On a day the NHL cancelled a month’s worth of games in the dispute that’s now reached six weeks, the hall-of-fame goaltender and six-time Stanley Cup champion said the players and owners must look past their own goals for the betterment of all.

“They have to understand this is not make-or-break,” said Dryden, the keynote speaker at the Palliser Hotel Friday for the Magnificent Men! Leadership Speaker Series.

“This is not survival — real or imagined — on either side of it. Both are doing well enough. Both are doing well enough in a context where a lot of people around — meaning their fans — are not doing so well.

“And, after you’ve lost one season in 2004, you can’t lose another without it being a defeat for both sides, a failure for both sides.”


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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I feel like that’s such a cheap way out.

All the players have wanted was for honor from the owners.  They’ve proposed a 50/50 split under the current HRR as long as contracts are honored that are already signed and the owners wont do it.  That’s 50/50 of what’s left after write offs by the owners.  Says a lot. 

And by nature a lock-out is a league capability, this isn’t a strike.

And what are the players asking for that they didn’t have before?  What has the NHL given up since the start of negotiations?  Asking for 7% instead of 14%?  If you believe that’s giving to the NHLPA I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona for sale.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/27/12 at 09:29 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Both sides deserve blame, but not equal parts.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/27/12 at 09:50 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/27/12 at 09:50 AM ET

What portion are the players responsible for?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/27/12 at 10:21 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

What portion are the players responsible for?

I think the portion where players have been opening their mouths to speak out against Bettman in often petty and upsetting ways.  I don’t think those snipes are beneficial to the process and that things would go better if they were to cut that behavior out.

While I think the “both sides not negotiating” thing is primarily the NHL, the fact that the players are also playing a bit of a PR game is helping to slow things down.

I still think the league is WAY more culpable, but I don’t completely absolve the players of blame.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/27/12 at 10:33 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I’ll give you that.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/27/12 at 10:36 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

If those politically incorrect statements modified the league’s position, I’d go along with that. Thge players could have composed an aria celebrating bettman and it wouldn’t have changed a thing. The owners went to the extreme position of a lockout before any player spoke publicly.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/27/12 at 10:48 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

But maybe the anti-Bettman statements might make him weather on a bit longer in spite of pressure from sponsors and motivate him to knock one out of the park to retain his value to the owners given the fact he’s guaranteed a lock out at the end of every CBA since he became commish. 

Which seems to be a play that, while you got yards on it the first couple times, expecting to run it over and over and keep getting the same success is unlikely.  So he’s gotta score the TD for justifying for calling the same play for a third time in a row.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/27/12 at 10:58 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

That being said though RXB, i agree that it was going to get bad well before players said anything and the amount of culpability on the players is the smallest of margins.  Smallest.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/27/12 at 11:05 AM ET

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