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“You can’t compare hockey to any industry but to the sports industry. I get many (negative) comments on Twitter and I don’t even start arguing because I’m in a no-win situation.

“Say we take a 20-per-cent pay cut. Tell Vinnie Lecavalier his $10 million will go down to $8 million. ‘Poor him,’ people might say. But the point is, he’s got a contract that was agreed to by both sides and he’s still losing $2 million.

“If the league is doing so well that we want a pay increase, they’ll say, ‘No way, this is a contract we agreed to.’ It should be the same the other way. We don’t mind in a way restricting our growth to help the league, but why should we go back on what we’ve already agreed to? Nobody forced (owners) to give out these contracts.”

-Mathieu Darche, who has UFA status and has been heavily involved in the CBA negotiations.  More on Darche's playing status and the CBA from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Nobody forced (owners) to give out these contracts.

And yet Butthead still wants to paint the players as the greedy SOBs who are trying to ruin the league. He might as well just say, “The owners are a bunch of idiots who can’t stop spending money they don’t have. So those rich players are going to have to bail us out.”

It’s a line of thinking that sounds all too familiar these days.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/04/12 at 10:22 PM ET

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Well said, Darche.

With the union being so much more organized this year, focused, it’s going to be hard for the league to win the PR battle ever.  Not like they actually give a damn, though.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 09/04/12 at 11:31 PM ET

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