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Montador on labor talks: “It’s a little poker, it’s a little chess, it’s a little schoolyard battlefield.”

Aug 11, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

Ryan Whitney, Steve Montador AP

While fans may be fretting over NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s proclamation that they will lock the players out on September 15 if there’s no new CBA, some players are keeping their cool.

Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador tells Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune that negotiating with the league has a lot of gamesmanship involved with it.

“To compare it to hockey, you have two teams and you’re doing the best you can and you want the best results,” Montador told the Tribune on Friday of the negotiations. “It’s different in that we’re working together, but they have their point of view and we have ours. It’s a little poker, it’s a little chess, it’s a little schoolyard battlefield.”

I always was told love is a battlefield.

The NHLPA will be bringing their proposal to the owners on Tuesday, so the real gamesmanship will get underway then. We’ll also get a better idea whether or not we’re actually headed to a delayed start of the season. If the NHLPA proposal is as out of whack as the owners’ was, it might take a while to sort things out.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    ““To compare it to hockey, you have two teams and you’re doing the best you can and you want the best results,” Montador told the Tribune on Friday of the negotiations. “It’s different in that we’re working together…””

    Ok so it’s like hockey and then it’s nothing like hockey? Mmk, gotcha.

  2. sjsharks66 - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    ^ it’s like 2 teams like in hockey. However instead of playing against each other they’re working together to win.

    Not to hard to understand….

  3. sampulls - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    The more the players get, the higher the ticket prices go. Owners need to cut their pay as much as possible.

  4. blomfeld - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    “Beat it” you uninformed junk !

    This idiot Montador may have the luxury of looking at this like it was a chess match, given that he’s personally awash is a sea of wealth ? But that takes nothing away from the fact that what these pigs are doing is tantamount to sedition !. There’s an unwritten agreement at play here, which calls for “fan loyalty” to always be reciprocated with “team loyalty”. If these pigs can’t uphold their end of the bargain, then suffice it to say that “that” which will follow will be of their own doing !

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