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Bobby Orr wants the players to get a fair deal

Aug 12, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

Bobby Orr AP

Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr isn’t happy with the NHL owners’ labor proposal.

CSNNE.com hears it from Orr, who now works as an agent, about how the players are looking to get a fair deal done and that the owners’ proposal just won’t cut it. No. 4 just hopes the fans understand the players’ view on things.

“Players want their fair share, and that’s what it’s all about and I think it’s very unfair if fans, until they understand and see everything what’s out there, that they suggest that the players are being greedy.”

It takes a lot to get Bobby Orr riled up and after the players gave up a lot during the 2004-05 negotiations, it’s clear he feels they’ve given up enough already.

In case you’ve forgotten, the owners’ proposal wants to cut the players’ share of the revenue from 57-percent to 43-percent among other cost reducing ideas.

  1. scottblack77 - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    I think it’s hilarious that the owners want a roll back in player salaries. This is a group of owners who won the last round of negotiations and yet still couldn’t make it work. Now they want to hop in the time machine and go back to the olden days where free agency was limited and players got paid a whole lot less. If there is a lock out, all that good that the NHL has built up in the past few years will be flushed down the toilet!

    Owners you better figure this out amongst yourselves and all get on the same page. If you don’t want to support the weak sister teams then contract them.

  2. sabatimus - Aug 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Who’s suggesting the PLAYERS are being greedy? (except the occasional douche PHT poster)

    • hmsgrace - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      I am, it is the American way. Business owners and investors want to make more money on their investment and the employees think they are entitled to a higher share of the profits. Greed is what drives an active American economy. Without it, we slip into the socialist abyss where everyone thinks they should be equal with everyone else regardless of effort or ability…..wait a minute, that sounds like exactly where this country is heading..

      • sabatimus - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Keep your national politics out of my NHL politics.

  3. scionofflame - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Hockey players take a lot of abuse, and as far as I’m concerned they have every right to get paid. I sincerely hope they at least get a foothold on this one.

  4. villi5ed - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Bobby Orr is the greatest player the game has ever seen.

  5. blomfeld - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    YOU’RE STILL THE “BEST EVER” MISTER ORR !

    While growing up as a youngster in Montreal, Bobby Orr was my first ever hockey hero … and to this very day, despite being a King’s fan for some 39 years now, I still view him as the “best” that ever played the game. I can say with certainty that an NHL player with greater skill, bravery, honor, humility and class, simply doesn’t exist !

    Orr is correct by taking a stance with the players, though his feelings are undoubtedly influenced by the fact that he comes from an era where “owner abuse” was downright deplorable. Of course it’s gotten so much better since his time, when contracts were written on the back on cigarette packs, etc. Nonetheless, the societal trend is now going backwards right across the board. The NHL owners’ attempts to reverse “player progress” is no different than what’s happening with our society at large. Everywhere you look, “money” is on the offensive seeking to acquire ever more, while screwing the middle and lower classes in the process, not to mention the irreparable damage being done to our environment. Egalitarianism and “decency among men” are now forgotten concepts, replaced instead by this new-age “me me me” wickedness.

    I read somewhere recently that shows like the “Hunting Channel” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” draw TV audiences which literally “dwarf” those of the NHL ? So if these “pigs” pull the plug on another season due to their stupidity and greed, then suffice it to say that “that” which follows, will be completely a result of their own doing … and I will no longer be counted among their faithful.

  6. hockeydon10 - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Interesting facts to see before one agrees with the billionaire (or near billionaire) owners crying poor. I’m a little baffled why REPORTERS don’t report this sort of thing. It’s right there in the CBA. I know it would take a little research and work, so maybe that’s too much to ask of hockey reporters today. After all, this took about 5 minutes to find.

    * The top ten money-making teams contribute to the pool. The bottom 15 money-making teams are eligible to collect from it.
    * The amount of money contributed by the top ten teams is set by a formula that includes a percentage of overall league revenues and some playoff revenues. The exact number isn’t worked out until the season is over and all revenues have been counted.
    * For a bottom-15 team to collect a full revenue sharing cheque, it must reach at least 80% capacity in home attendance (last year that meant averaging about 14,000 per game) and show revenue growth that exceeds the league average. Missing either threshold means a cut in the share.
    * In 2010, a full share of revenue sharing was about $10 million.
    * Teams in markets with more than 2.5 million television households cannot qualify for revenue sharing. By my unofficial estimate, that means the Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Blackhawks, Ducks, Sharks, Stars, and Kings are ineligible.

    What does this mean? It means every team with an operating loss EXCEPT the Coyotes, Islanders, Ducks, & Sharks had that negative operating income turn into a positive because of the current CBA. This means that really only four teams (give or take each year) lose money.

    So, what is really being discussed is the 10 rich owners that pay into the pool want the players to prop up the 15 worst teams.

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