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Blame Both Sides

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Ken Dryden has a harsh message for both sides in the NHL lockout — they’re both to blame if the 2012-13 season is lost.

On a day the NHL cancelled a month’s worth of games in the dispute that’s now reached six weeks, the hall-of-fame goaltender and six-time Stanley Cup champion said the players and owners must look past their own goals for the betterment of all.

“They have to understand this is not make-or-break,” said Dryden, the keynote speaker at the Palliser Hotel Friday for the Magnificent Men! Leadership Speaker Series.

“This is not survival — real or imagined — on either side of it. Both are doing well enough. Both are doing well enough in a context where a lot of people around — meaning their fans — are not doing so well.

“And, after you’ve lost one season in 2004, you can’t lose another without it being a defeat for both sides, a failure for both sides.”


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Both sides deserve blame, but not equal parts.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/27/12 at 09:50 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

What portion are the players responsible for?

I think the portion where players have been opening their mouths to speak out against Bettman in often petty and upsetting ways.  I don’t think those snipes are beneficial to the process and that things would go better if they were to cut that behavior out.

While I think the “both sides not negotiating” thing is primarily the NHL, the fact that the players are also playing a bit of a PR game is helping to slow things down.

I still think the league is WAY more culpable, but I don’t completely absolve the players of blame.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/27/12 at 10:33 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

If those politically incorrect statements modified the league’s position, I’d go along with that. Thge players could have composed an aria celebrating bettman and it wouldn’t have changed a thing. The owners went to the extreme position of a lockout before any player spoke publicly.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/27/12 at 10:48 AM ET

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