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Hockey Is Back And So Is Jeremy Jacobs

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

As chairman of the NHL’s board of governors, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs played a critical role in the lockout. In hindsight, neither the NHL nor the NHLPA should be declared the victor, said Jacobs.

Jacobs cited his team’s situation – recent Stanley Cup winner, playing in a sold-out building, featuring a contending roster – as reasons why, as an owner, he would have been against a lockout. However, as board chairman, Jacobs said he had a greater responsibility. “I’m the last guy that wants to shut this thing down. Absolutely the last ones out there,” Jacobs said. “There’s a couple Canadian teams – I don’t have to name them – that irrespective are going to be very successful. This is a successful franchise. I don’t want this to shut down. Unfortunately, I play in a league with 30 teams. When I step back and look at what’s going on with the broadest sense, I’ve got to play a role productively in that way. My selfish interest definitely was to keep this going within the parameters of the deal that was out there. But it doesn’t make sense for the league long-term. We have a lot of people that were very tired of this. A lot of people that were promised we would right-size this. I had to play a role in it. From a leadership standpoint, I think I had to play a role. To be vilified, I don’t think is right. But what’s my opinion on something like that?”

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added 7:46pm, from Andrew Gross of Rangers Rant,

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs tried to hold a pre-game press conference to apologize to fans for the 113-day lockout – for which he’s been characterized as a bus-driving hard-liner – and instead wound up essentially saying the whole thing was the NHL Player Association’s fault.

He said the proposal the league made to save the 82-game season was essentially the same one the NHLPA eventually accepted – even though the October offer did not include the “make whole” provision for player contracts.

“There was no expression of desire to make a deal,” Jacobs said. “A lot of this is peripheral issues, I don’t disagree it was 100 percent [the same] but if somebody wanted to make a deal, we could’ve made a deal. If somebody doesn’t engage, you don’t offer.”

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Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News has even more on this.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/13 at 08:46 PM ET

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Via Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,

Jacobs said the players were going to get “very rich” under the deal that was ultimately reached.

“The players are going to get very rich under this transaction,” he said. “They were very rich going into this. They passed up $700 million in payroll. That’s a lot. And I’m hopeful that it was fulfilling.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/13 at 09:07 PM ET

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Yup, they should have taken the Oct. offer.  You can’t “make whole” something when you only play half a season.  They would have been far better off working on free agency in Oct. instead of trying to get 54%, which was never going to happen.  The game would have grown enough to cover their supposed—Fehr feared—“losses”.  Stupid players.

Posted by jkm2011 on 01/20/13 at 12:21 AM ET

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maybe if they hadn’t trotted out that insulting 46% offer things might have gone better.  what an azz hope the bruins rot til he’s gone.

Posted by akwingsfan on 01/20/13 at 01:24 AM ET

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that insulting 46% offer

The point of the “insulting” offer was to turn the tables and illustrate why the owners weren’t happy with where the split was at the time. If it is so insulting, the players should have had enough self-criticism to call their own stance just as insulting.

The first offer had nothing to do with how the negotiations turned out. If you paid attention, the NHLPA’s tactics showed they were always going to drag it out to the brink of a lost season. They obviously made the educated guess the league couldn’t afford to lose another season and so would end up making concessions in the end.

Posted by Colossal Cap Hit on 01/20/13 at 05:12 AM ET

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This is the only time Jacobs is actually right about something.

Posted by timbits on 01/20/13 at 11:34 AM ET

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