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Targeting Ron Hainsey

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

The Winnipeg defenceman is a constant part of these negotiations. He hasn't always had a large public presence, but he's heavily involved.

There are no heroes in the Implosion of 2012, but both sides have made sure that one or two of their opponents are known villains. Even the Mashco-Piro are aware that Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs sent one Governor to the corner and made employees pay a hefty tax bill on their 2011 Stanley Cup rings.

Meanwhile, the Andromeda Galaxy can see how much the league loathes Donald Fehr -- the man "with no skin in the game who is about to ruin the season."

Full disclosure: I don't know Hainsey at all away from the rink, but I've enjoyed my limited dealings with him around practices and games. He's one of those players who likes to know what's going on around the league, so he's insightful to talk to.

But, something has gone very wrong between Hainsey and and the league's negotiating teams. It is believed one of the reasons Mark Chipman was added to the mix -- in addition to his moderate nature -- is that it was hoped the defenceman would be more "in line" with his owner present. 

I stress I've never heard it on- or off-the-record from any owner, general manager or negotiator -- but there is a rumbling going around that Hainsey will never again get an NHL contract. (He is an unrestricted free agent next summer.)

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Evilpens's avatar

Jeremy Jacobs sent one Governor to the corner and made employees pay a hefty tax bill on their 2011 Stanley Cup rings.

for the 1st & hopefully last time Jacobs might be the biggest dick on the planet, BUT he di NOT make his employees pay a hefty tax on their SC rings that would be Government

Posted by Evilpens on 12/08/12 at 11:44 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

there is a rumbling going around that Hainsey will never again get an NHL contract. (He is an unrestricted free agent next summer.)

What a can of worms that line opens.

1st & hopefully last time Jacobs might be the biggest dick on the planet, BUT he di NOT make his employees pay a hefty tax on their SC rings that would be Government

Goddamn trees! Get out of the way! I’m trying to get to the forest!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/08/12 at 12:08 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Goddamn trees! Get out of the way! I’m trying to get to the forest!

It’s amazing how many times you don’t get there, my Red Wing friend smile

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/08/12 at 12:55 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I know you are, but what am I?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/08/12 at 01:30 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

So many people like to toss around the word “collusion” when it doesn’t apply; it most certainly does this time.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 12/08/12 at 01:59 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Regarding the “... rumblings around the league…” comment about his next contract.

Sorry, head full of NyQuil.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 12/08/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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I don’t see what the big deal is.  It’s not like a team won’t sign Hainsey if he’s the best deal available, just like it’s not like Hainsey would refuse to sign with Boston if that was the best deal available.

Within the game their standards are way different than they are when they are outside the game.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/08/12 at 06:06 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

In the long run, Hainsey may be doing himself a huge favor.

After his hockey playing days are over, management will remember what a big pain in the ass he was during CBA negotiations and offer him a front office job.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 12/08/12 at 11:38 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

After his hockey playing days are over, management will remember what a big pain in the ass he was during CBA negotiations and offer him a front office job.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Interesting thought. I like it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/08/12 at 11:58 PM ET

Colossal Cap Hit's avatar

I think many owners and general managers will only appreciate Hainsey’s show of leadership and courage. They know he puts himself in the firing line and doesn’t hide. He’ll get signed for sure.

Posted by Colossal Cap Hit on 12/09/12 at 12:39 AM ET

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