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Lockout, aka job stealing, time

So that's it folks, It's lockout time. I'm not going to wax poetically on the thought of a lockout, or assign blame, or complain about it. But I would like to mention one distinct point that I believe is not elaborated on nearly enough by the mainstream media.

Starting today, scores of NHL players will sign to play in Russia, Sweden, Finland and beyond. Guess what that means? They're taking jobs away from hard working, less talented players who make their living playing 15 or 20 years in Europe, and feed their families based on their output. For every NHLer that goes to Europe to make, what to him is meagre dollars, a longstanding European professional is out of luck. It's bad enough that club employees, waiters, waitresses, parking attendants, and many, many more are drastically affected by the NHL lockout in NHL cities; however, it's even worse when extremely wealthy "union" members head to other leagues on another continents to steal the jobs of the hard working players that have been loyal to their European organizations.

So shame on the NHLPA for not discouraging this, and even moreso on the players for practicing it. They are harming families across Europe, simply to pad their pockets a bit more while they wait out what is a ridiculous and infantile labour situation. The only NHLer I ever heard mention it was Georges Laraque. It's an inconvenient truth that is conveniently ignored but everyone involved. 

Just my take, but one that I do not believe is discussed enough. And now, we wait. 

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alukacs's avatar

Excellent point - this is not what union-men do… I would love to see this addressed by Fehr and the talking heads of hockey. But they won’t.

Posted by alukacs on 09/16/12 at 10:41 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

So shame on the NHLPA for not discouraging this, and even moreso on the players for practicing it. They are harming families across Europe, simply to pad their pockets a bit more while they wait out what is a ridiculous and infantile labour situation.

They’d happily be playing in the highest professional league in North America if the owners hadn’t told them that if they want jobs playing hockey, they’re not going to be available to them where the contracts have already been signed.

They’re not STEALING jobs, they’re competing for them in a market that just got about 700 spots smaller.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/16/12 at 10:58 AM ET

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Yeah, it’s a good point. None of the NHL players need the money. Why not play a series of exhibition games to stay in shape, raise money for charities, and create goodwill?

Posted by Moose Moss on 09/16/12 at 01:00 PM ET

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