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Go One On One With Owners

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.

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Adam Proteau @Proteautype
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Another source says two men in particular are the chief drivers of the league’s all-or-nothing demands: Gary Bettman and Jeremy Jacobs.

Posted by FlyersFan on 10/01/12 at 10:42 AM ET

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This is stupid even by Cox standards.

Yup.  Players are going to come right out and speak personally against the very individual that signs their paychecks.  Sure.

Posted by Primis on 10/01/12 at 01:19 PM ET

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And on top of that, it sure seems like every other time one of the players cracks their teeth on this issue in any manner of detail they end up looking like a gigantic idiot.  Between Krys ‘bottle of Porte and a shot’ Barch and Paul ‘Latrell Sprewell 2.0’ Bissonette… yikes.

They should just stick to calling all the owners greedy or stupid, and just leave it at that.  A simple message of that kind will resonate best with the fanbase.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/01/12 at 01:42 PM ET

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Just as many players have made reasonable arguements the other way.  Boyle, Cleary, Zetterberg, Lupul.

It’s been mostly 4th liners to spout off at the mouth like idiots.. probably pretty close to how they play on the ice.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/01/12 at 06:14 PM ET

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Yes, the best way to settle an argument is to make it personal - NOT. Why do I even bother reading Cox’s drivel?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/02/12 at 10:25 AM ET

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