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Less European Players Means More North American Players

via the QMI Agency,

Some European players have mused that they might not return to the NHL when the lockout eventually ends.

Former NHL great Guy Lafleur doesn't have a problem with that. In fact, he sees a significant benefit for Canadians if the Europeans do stay home.

"Let them stay there, it will make more room for players from Quebec and North Americans," Lafleur said Wednesday during a press conference announcing the construction of Place Guy Lafleur in his hometown of Thurso, Que,.

"As a supporter and former player, I do not care for players who want to stay in Europe. It's their choice."

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov have been vocal about the possibility of European players staying in the KHL when the lockout ends. The big reason is potential pay cuts that could come with a new collective bargaining agreement.

Lafleur also speculated that the lockout would drag into the new year.

"We hope it will be settled before the holidays (but) I am very skeptical about it," he said. "The players are very fortunate to have the opportunity to play and make millions of dollars. I'm happy for them, but on the other hand, they must realize something else: As athletes, they can not earn more than the owners."

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Is Lafleur implying the owners only make 500k to 13m a year?  Anywhere in that ballpark?  The players DO understand the owners signed them to these contracts and are now asking for money back.  A 5 year old could understand the dishonor in that.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/11/12 at 07:43 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Good grief….

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 10/11/12 at 08:15 AM ET

Mandingo's avatar

“The players are very fortunate to have the opportunity to play and make millions of dollars. I’m happy for them, but on the other hand, they must realize something else: As athletes, they can not earn more than the owners.”

Wow, this guy is astoundingly stupid.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 10/11/12 at 08:28 AM ET

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Lafluer was never the sharpest knife in the drawer. He may not care to see Europeans in the NHL, but it is a matter of getting the best of the best to play here or you cannot claim to be the best league in the world.

Lafluer is also from a different era where players earned far less than they do today. Some of those players begrudge the modern athlete because they played for so little. He has to remember that it was guys like his teammate Ken Dryden that showed the owners that he had other options and demanded a fair share.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/11/12 at 09:00 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

“Let them stay there, it will make more room for players from Quebec and North Americans,” Lafleur said

Said like a true Francophile. Don Cherry must have gotten wood when he read that.

And if either Lafluer or Cherry think the NHL would be better without guys like Ovechkin, Datsyuk and Kovalchuk, they’re idiots. Oh, right. Never mind.

 

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/11/12 at 10:57 AM ET

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