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Crombeen on NHLPA’s “good” counter proposal: “We’ll be closer to getting that agreement done”

Aug 10, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

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Tampa Bay forward B.J. Crombeen — one of the 31 players on the NHLPA’s negotiating committee — is showing a strong sense of optimism in the face of CBA talks.

Yes, even after what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said on Thursday.

Crombeen told the St. Petersburg Times he’s hopeful the NHLPA’s counter proposal, to be presented on Tuesday, will go a long way in getting a new CBA.

“Our proposal is a good proposal,” he said. “With our proposal we feel we’ll be closer to getting that agreement done.”

Yesterday, Bettman said owners wouldn’t play another year under the current collective bargaining agreement, eschewing NHLPA boss Donald Fehr”s remarks that play could continue under the existing CBA while the two parties worked on a new deal.

Translation: No deal by Sept. 15? Lockout.

Crombeen said Bettman’s comments were “something you don’t want to hear,” but was “confident there’s still a lot of time left to get a deal done.”

“With Gary’s comments, they feel strong enough that they don’t want to continue under this agreement and want further concessions from the players,” Crombeen explained. “We’re trying to make sense of what they need and what they want.”


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  1. jaredphi - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Man, Bettman’s a douche…..I really cannot survive another year without hockey. 2004-5 was absolutely AWFUL.

    No matter what, a deal had better be in place by 9/15.

  2. davemeisner - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    If I have to go a year without hockey I will find a way to kick Gary Bettman directly in the balls.

    • jaredphi - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Make that two of us, Dave.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      i know a guy whose buddy works in the same building as bettman. ill take requests. steel toe boots? or cowboy boots with spurs…

  3. chiadam - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    This counter is taking way too long. How long can it take to write “GO **** YOURSELVES!!” on a piece of paper, wrap it around a brick, and throw it at Gary Bettman’s head?

  4. nolockoutpricks - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    are you people that stupid bettman is just echoing what the owners are saying to him.

    • jaredphi - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      We know this.


      Bettman has the power to influence and put pressure on the owners to ensure that there’s a deal in place by 9/15 so we don’t lose a year of hockey.

      He is also the public face of – and public representative for – the owner’s side during this fiasco. Hence, he is the one that malice will invariably be directed at by the fan base if we lose another year of hockey.

  5. proudliberal85392 - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    davemeisner, I’ll hold him for you.

  6. ddavis83 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I’d still be surprised if we lost a whole season but the fact there is a track record for it happening still scares me. I always say never under estimate the stupidity of the NHL as far as business goes. Last time they locked out, the Pistons were defending a championship so that helped as a distraction. This year not so much. Winter is way too long and depressing with hockey, can’t imagine what this one will be like without it.

  7. augsburg12 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    The sticking point is profit sharing 57% holy cow man. When you have teams that are in danger of folding How can you share profits when there are none? Plus pay million dollar contracts over and above losing over half the money. The league could be using this money to keep these teams viable. No teams no NHLPA no contacts, no player millionaires. Stop whining your well paid for what you do. Just sign a fair agreement and let us working stiffs cheer and jeer while most of us go to our regular jobs and rob Peter to pay Paul to but tickets.

  8. dlk75150 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Can’t make money if u don’t play so no season no profit. Get the act together and give us hockey. I am a season ticket holder and I don’t know if I will be if there is a strike.

    • babykaby - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      There will be someone else to buy those season tickets if you don’t want them. This is like the democrats and the republicans, neither side wants to concede anything. They both need to compromise. 57% is a bit ridiculous if you ask me. I know the players are what attracts the fans, but there will always be players wanting to play. If the owners don’t make some kind of profit, another team will go bust and fold. Nobody in his right mind wants to own a business that is not making money. The NHLPA should realize this and compromise a little bit. With those huge contracts the players are signing, I’m sure it won’t kill them to concede a little.

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