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Ottawa Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk On The Lockout

from Sportsnet,

Hockey fans are in uproar over the current situation with backlash aimed towards both the owners and players, although Melnyk said the bottom line is there's no hockey.

"Everybody can finger point all they want but at the end of the day I don't think anybody cares who's at fault, all they know is we're not playing hockey," Melnyk said.

With a done deal looking gloomy, the whole season could be cancelled along with the Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings scheduled for Jan. 1.

"I think it's an important part of the game," Melnyk said. "It's got a huge audience, (it's) extremely profitable for the NHL which means it's also profitable for everyone else. It has become a marquee event that I think is very, very important to everyone."

If the Winter Classic does get cancelled, the league will reportedly be looking at a loss upwards of $15 million.



added 9:34am

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it’s amazing how 6 owners can silence rest of the NHL

Posted by FlyersFan on 11/01/12 at 09:58 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

“Everybody can finger point all they want but at the end of the day I don’t think anybody cares who’s at fault, all they know is we’re not playing hockey,” Melnyk said.

Being one of the people who is essentially at fault, I don’t think Eugene Melnyk is really speaking from a place where he should say how much it matters who’s at fault.

I don’t believe Melnyk is finally breaking the silence as a show that the league is starting to crack and that he’s held under the oppressive thumb of Elliotte Friedman’s speculative list of the super hard-liners.

I think the invocation of the 94 strike as what ruined baseball for him was a calculated attempt to take the high ground of “not caring” who’s to blame in the situation and then trying to mentally tie blame to Donald Fehr as the only person in these negotiations with any ties to the 94 work stoppage.

Of course, the league will fine Melnyk so he gets to look like a hero and not a single dollar of that fine will ever be publicly accounted.


Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/01/12 at 10:25 AM ET


don’t think anybody cares who’s at fault

I think what he means to say is “Let’s not play the blame game because I am to blame.”

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 11/01/12 at 01:48 PM ET

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