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Players have long memories. One, [NHL owners] want to roll back our contracts, which I don’t care what business you’re in, is going to kick a fire under a lot of people. And the second part of it, which maybe goes overlooked a little bit because of the financial aspect, is that every contract ends with a handshake -- every single contract. Where I come from you honor your handshakes. If you don’t honor your word you have nothing.

If I make a bad deal or sign a bad contract that’s my fault. I accept that and I’m a man and I work through that. That’s something I deal with. I don’t go crying foul or looking for somebody to fix my mistakes. I accept that as a man, that I made a bad decision. Hockey players are pretty honest people and they don’t like it when it’s coming back the other way.

I was raised when you give a man your word and you shake a hand it’s as good as gold. That’s something that I think really upsets the players, that we’re not being treated that way."

-Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals on the players sitting out the whole year.  More from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.

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Hank1974's avatar

It doesn’t matter how the players feel, or if they’re right, or if they’re wrong.
This is THEIR LEAGUE. If they want you to sit out 10 years, they’ll do it.
You have NO leverage!

NHL teams are toys to the owners - not their primary source of income.
What will you do Brooks if you can’t play hockey anymore? Hmmm, accountant? No. Doctor? No. Lawn maintenance? Bingo.

The players will lose. It’s over. The owners have shown they can and will drop the hammer if they want to.
It’s up to the players to see how much of their salary and careers they want to sit out on.

In the end, the deal will be signed, it’ll be a 50/50 split, UFA status and entry level deals will be about the same, and escrow will still be in there. Maybe not as much as last CBA, but it’ll still be there.
And the fans will have suffered for basically no reason.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/14/12 at 03:58 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

And the fans will have suffered for basically no reason

I think this is what pisses fans off the most. When all the posturing and pissing and moaning is over with, the bottom line will be “we waited this long for THIS?”

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 09/14/12 at 04:03 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I think this is what pisses fans off the most. When all the posturing and pissing and moaning is over with, the bottom line will be “we waited this long for THIS?”

I hear you.
I think what bothers me even more is that both sides know that they can piss and dump on the fans as much as they want and we’ll all be crawling back no matter how long or frequent these lockouts occur.

I really wish there was a way for all of us to unite and at the very least, turn off the TV and refuse to attend any games for the first day NHL games resume.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/17/12 at 10:03 AM ET

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