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NHLPA committee’s Campoli on owners: “They just want more money”

Aug 16, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

Chris Campoli

If Chris Campoli‘s words are any indication, NHL players aren’t just disappointed with the owners’ response to their CBA proposal.

They’re frustrated, too.

“The industry’s grown a billion dollars since [the lockout] and basically they just want more money,” said Campoli, a member of the NHLPA’s negotiating committee. “I thought in our proposal we made a step and considerable concessions to them.

“Frankly, it was a little disappointing to see the response yesterday and the view they have on it.”

More, from the Globe and Mail:

Campoli was one of three NHL players who took part in Thursday’s sub-committee meetings, which covered secondary issues not related to the economic ones that have divided the sides.

An unrestricted free agent who spent last season in Montreal, Campoli has emerged as one of the strongest voices among the players.

The veteran defenceman has attended six bargaining sessions this summer and was hopeful that Tuesday’s NHLPA proposal might kickstart negotiations.

Campoli went on to describe the owners’ initial proposal as “aggressive” and said the players could’ve chosen to reply in kind — but didn’t.

“We could have taken an aggressive stance the other way and we didn’t,” he said. “You know, we want to fix the systematic issues they have with the way things are run and I think we’re being more than fair.”

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  1. miketoasty - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Completely agree, the owners are in it for themselves. Everyone is making record accounts of money and the owners still want more. Next season is not looking very likely at this point.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Right now, the owners are positioning themselves to only be doing as well as the least successful organization in the league. Again, this fight ought to really be between the owners, not against the players. The most successful teams don’t want to split cash with the least successful teams, and so they decide to take it out on the players. The PA has already shown it’s willing to make concessions, and they’d probably make more to get the season going on time. I try really hard not to jump to conclusions but the owners had better come up with a good response soon or risk egg all over their faces, and losing all the new fans they’ve gained over the past 8 years. They know the real fans won’t leave but that doesn’t mean revenue won’t shrink if the league is locked out this year.

  3. davebabychreturns - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Don’t both parties in this negotiation “just want more money”?

    Seems like a bizarre accusation to make when it is at the core of collective bargaining..

    Also, the players might have gone with several off-the-wall suggestions to tackle the discrepancy in the various financial situations teams around the league are in but let’s not pretend their proposal is not also aggressive in its own way (basically attempting to pit the owners against one another – partially rightly so in my opinion – rather than taking ownership for creating the conditions for 28-30 healthy franchises).

    Ultimately I am far more sympathetic to the players than the owners in this situation but it’s silly for guys like Campoli to misrepresent this situation in the media.. just one step closer to the name calling and mudslinging we saw last time when an entire season was lost due to a lack of will to compromise.

  4. dayno66 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    I wouldn’t be so quick to say that the fans will come. If it becomes apparent that the NHL can’t get through a cab without a lockout, i think a ton of fans will say screw it and just watch the nba.

  5. fullsharkalligator - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Unlike the players who are just want to not lose money

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