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Chara on CBA: “I believe it’s going to get done”

Jun 20, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

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Zdeno Chara is optimistic a new CBA can be reached between the league and the players’ union.

Of course, the Bruins’ captain wouldn’t guarantee anything.

“I believe it’s going to get done,” Chara told Yahoo!’s Nick Cotsonika. “I do believe it’s going to get done. But again, anything can happen. Just like in any negotiation, it can be smooth, but also it can be a really tough one. We’ll wait and see.”

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a lockout would be an indefensible PR nightmare for the NHL and NHLPA. How can there be a work stoppage when the league is bragging about record revenues and player salaries keep going up and up as a result?

Prior to the 2004-05 lockout, there was at least recognition among most fans and media that something drastic had to be done to put the league on a more stable foundation. There are no excuses this time around.

As Cotsonika notes, it’s hard to handicap the possibility of a work stoppage until we hear “hard proposals” from each side. According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, talks will start “in the not too distant future.”

  1. solador78 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I thought Mark Stuart was the union rep for the Bruins, you know… since he actually went to college.

    • govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Did Chara sleep with your mom or something?

    • pepper2011 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Maybe you should do some research before you make ignorant statements. perhaps some research skills you learned in college? But who needs facts?

      Chára speaks seven languages: Slovak, Czech, Polish, Swedish, Russian, German, and English

      How many languages do you speak?

      from an article in the ProJo
      From 2001-05, Chara studied financial planning at Ottawa’s Algonquin College. He completed assignments online. Each season, he missed two morning skates because of four-hour exams. On planes and buses he read books about pension plans and estate planning. No matter how much his body ached after an NHL dogfight, he studied when he returned to his Ottawa home, closing his textbooks as late as 2 a.m.
      “You never really get somebody to push you to study until you sign up for the course,” Chara said. “Then once you sign up, when you have to go to school and do assignments, you’re like, ‘Oh, my God.’ But you can’t drop it. Obviously, you have some pride. You don’t want to fail.”

      • sabatimus - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        I am fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        Hmmm…. I have two middle fingers, so I’m only fluent in three forms of communication. Damn.

    • pepper2011 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Mark Stuart was also traded two years ago with Wheeler to (then) ATL for Peverley and Valabik, but again who needs facts?

      • kitshky - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        This is one of my favourite comments ever.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    As long as Donald Fehr is around, I’m not going to hold my breath anything gets done in a reasonable time. I think, we will be lucky if we see the Winter Classic happen.

  3. sabatimus - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Shouldn’t the talks begin like RIGHT NOW?? Don’t pull an NFL or an NBA, please.

    • govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Weird, isn’t it? You’d think planning to talk later wouldn’t be as good of an idea as just, you know, sitting down and doing it now instead, right? It’s just the rules structure that allows your business to function, nothing important- it can wait.


  4. flyerscup2010 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    a lockout seems like a guarantee at this point. given that the NFL and NBA owners were able to get their players down to the 50% total revenue range and the NHL players are currently in the 57% range, i gotta think the league’s coming in under 50% with their initial offer hoping to hardball them into agreeing to a 50% split (in spite of the constant flow of “record breaking” revenue/ratings numbers oddly touted by the league, considering the detriment to labor negotiations that those numbers pose). i don’t think donald fehr will be particularly receptive to that, considering his history (’95 MLB strike) and the concessions the NHL players eventually made in 05 to end that lockout (hard cap, steep reduction in revenue split, etc). assuming the league will hold firm at a 50% revenue split, the players are going to have to parlay that into player health/safety concessions like the NFL players did. the NHL owners don’t seem quite as headstrong as the NFL owners, but at the same time they didn’t become rich businessmen by accident and will fight hard to make a buck if they can.

    either way, we’re headed for a lockout, whether it lasts for only part of the season or it eats an entire season.

    • flyerscup2010 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      which of course would have next year’s salary cap sitting somewhere around where last year’s salary cap was (64.3 million). smart GMs will keep that in mind this summer and ignore the NHL’s 70.3 million number.

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