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Who’s Going To Pay For The Camera?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHLPA filed a grievance over the Edmonton Oilers docking $13,000 from Ben Eager’s pay, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN.com.

Say what, you say?

Let’s explain.

It all started during a game in Vancouver on Dec. 26 when the Oilers’ tough guy shattered an HD camera in the penalty box…

The Canucks informed the Oilers they were on the hook for the $13,000 cost of replacing that camera. The Oilers then turned around and docked Eager’s pay (from his $1-million salary).

read on and watch the camera breaking incident below or at the linked ESPN site…

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DocF's avatar

You know, the player’s association would have much more credibility if it insisted that players must be responsible for their own actions.  Eager should pay.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 03/22/12 at 12:27 AM ET


Well, to be fair, the very next paragraph in that article is this:

The union’s real beef here, from what I’m told, is procedural more than anything. In no way is the NHLPA condoning its players breaking cameras. But the union wants to know who decided the camera was worth $13,000? Why wasn’t the player invoiced instead of simply docked, for example? So the NHLPA has process questions here, not the least of which is where the line will be drawn in future instances when a player damages something at the rink.

Those are valid concerns.  Clearly they’re not saying he shouldn’t pay for it, but it’s more like an insurance claim where the doctor asks for much more than the work done is actually worth.  I have no idea how much the camera would cost, but it could be possible that Vancouver just threw out an absurd price.  Also, the invoice question is a good one, it might be much more appropriate to invoice the player as opposed to just docking the pay.

Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 03/22/12 at 01:01 AM ET

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