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by George Malik on 08/31/12 at 11:51 AM ET
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to several Red Wings players about the NHL's second CBA proposal to the players, and the players spelled the proposal out in plain English:
“It (the proposal) was a pig with lipstick on, instead of a pig,'' Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary said on Thursday.
Cleary, who has been active in union matters for years and has attended a couple of meetings in New York this summer, said the league's second proposal wasn't much different than the first, even though it did not include the 24-percent rollback of salaries the NHL proposed in July.
“They're not calling it a rollback, but they'll take it through escrow,'' Cleary said.
Justin Abdelkader, who told Khan that he'll be re-signed by the Wings next week, agrees with Cleary's assessment, pointing out that it does little other than put PR pressure on the NHLPA to offer a response...
“We don't think the new proposal has moved too much to our favor,'' Abdelkader said. “It puts us in a tough position, but we want to keep talks going.''
And while the players believe that revenue-sharing is truly essential to any CBA that they'll eventually agree to...
"We understand some clubs are struggling,'' Cleary said. “Our revenue-sharing (plan) helped lower-end teams. There's a lot more sharing of the pie, so everyone would keep their heads above water.''
They're well aware of the fact that a lockout will be harmful to the people who can afford it least--and those who can't afford it aren't players or owners:
“There's still time,'' Cleary said. “No one wants a lockout. The money that will be lost for everyone will be astronomical. A lot of people at Joe Louis Arena I know personally could be laid off. That's one side no one thinks about.''
Said Abdelkader: “We know Sept. 15 is coming up. I don't think anyone is panicking. The sides are still apart, but we've still got some time. Hopefully, we can get something done before opening night (Oct. 12). We still got a lot of time to hash things out. I think there's still a lot of optimism that something can get done.''
The rest of Khan's article involves union solidarity talk and a note for Wings fans that the team will be skating at the Joe by next Friday, but at this point, it certainly appears that the players will be locked out of their home rink on September 16th...
And, for the record, from Norskirama, the second page of the University of Wisconsin's athletics magazine, Varsity, shows Patrick Eaves smiling while practicing with Wisconsin alums in Madison...
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