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Afternoon Line- Radko Gudas

“I think we shouldn’t play when the whole world is canceling season, hockey would be the only team sport trying to power through it like this. They won’t let us go to the Olympics so we won’t get injured, but they want to keep the NHL season running in these times. If we kept playing, our sport would be swimming against the current a bit.

“Money is money, it’s what currently makes the world go round. It’s a bit sad that they are willing to risk the health of so many players for money.”

-Radko Gudas of the Washington Capitals.  Ian Oland of Russian Machine Never Breaks has more from Gudas.

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WingedRider's avatar

Since t was Rudas saying this, other players might not listen to what he says.  He is correct so I will give him his 1st thumbs up from me.

Has the NHLPA put a muzzle on their players?  Not sure why more players aren’t speaking whether it be for or against.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/15/20 at 04:43 PM ET


Sounds like Gallagher and Daneult in Montreal
have expressed pretty lukewarm enthusiasm at best.

With some guys it may be the health issues - their own safety as well
as the idea of potentially diverting medical personnel and tests and PPE to players and staff.

With others, it may be more about having to quarantine at a hub site for a long period in isolation from one’s family. I can imagine it’s hard for guys with really young kids to have to be away from their immediate family for so long at a time everyone is worried about taking care of their family.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/15/20 at 05:16 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I all seems so pathetic at this point, maybe it’s desperate hope, whatever it is it needs to go away. The world is coming out of the shock of what just happened to us, and things aren’t going to be like they were for a very, very long time.

It sucks. Maybe ten years from now we’ll say it was good. But this all seems so desecrate now.

Call the season, and hope we can salvage something from 2021

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/15/20 at 11:53 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Who knew that someone as dumb as a post could say something so smart?

At the end of the day, the league really needs to just call it. Yeah, it’s not the decision many want, but it’s the decision that’s needed. Any attempt to play is going to result in a vastly different looking game that’s nothing like the one we love.

Please, NHL. Stop this pipe dream and just call it. This is ridiculous.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/16/20 at 01:22 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

There are way too many wildcards going in to make a quarantined playoffs work. There are at least a few players (not to mention team staff, rink workers, broadcasting crews, etc) who have things like an expecting wife/girlfriend, sick mother, etc; do we make them stay away until the playoffs end or their team is eliminated? If, say, someone’s grandma dies, do we keep them in quarantine? If we let them go for a few days for a funeral or whatever, wouldn’t they have to do 14 (or however many) day quarantine before they’re allowed to play? In a population of people the size that would be necessary to put this all together, that sort of thing is guaranteed to happen, probably more than a few times. And if one single person with the even the smallest connection to the event does test positive, they’d have to shut the whole thing down.

Plus there’s the factor of the tests, ventilators, and PPE that hospital staff desperately need that would have to be gobbled up by the league to even make a run at this.

AND the fact that hockey is a contact sport. Asking them to hold back at ALL is just not going to work, and who wants to watch playoff hockey where the players are skating on eggshells all the time? Even if hockey was the only sport going, and had a captive audience, does the league want half-assed playoffs to be what they present as a product?

Cancel it all, let baseball guinea pig one or two scenarios if they try and start up in July, and hope that there can be some semblance of a normal season in the fall or winter, despite a LOT of projections of a second wave once the weather cools.

Posted by Steeb on 05/16/20 at 02:14 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Posted by Steeb on 05/16/20 at 02:14 PM ET

Good Post Steeb!

I would add the International Border problem.  There are non athletes separated from their families (split up, some in Canada and some in USA).  They are not getting an exception to rejoin their Families.  The NHL player would be able to enter a closed border country?  Being away from Families for 3 months might be a problem for the players.

Advantages?  Money. Some very large companies are going under, lost jobs (some permanently).
When the actual makeup of what is going to happen, it is going to be very interesting.

Not Cancelling the season, defies all Logic.  Sad really.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/16/20 at 03:14 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I’m happy to see a thread like this.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/17/20 at 03:24 AM ET

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