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Ribeiro: Union won’t make the same mistake again

Sep 7, 2012, 11:02 PM EDT

Mike Ribeiro AP

The NHLPA and NHL are talking again, but the threat of a lockout remains.

No one wants a lockout, but Washington’s Mike Ribeiro also doesn’t want to see the union cave to the owners’ demands.

“It’s hard to understand why they want another 20 percent back and keep the same contracts,” Ribeiro said, according to CSNWashington. “It’s hard to understand why, but I think this time we won’t make the same mistake we did a few years ago by giving them 24 percent. …Why would you give your boss back money he gave you?”

It’s the player’s belief that the NHL’s latest proposal will effectively result in a 19.3% salary rollback. However, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly disagrees.

“What I will tell you is that our proposal last Tuesday would have reduced the players share by 11 percent in Year One, … 8.5 percent in Year 2 and … 5.5 percent in Year 3,” Daly said. “In Years 4-6, it would have been at or above as we continue to grow revenues to prior levels. So I don’t know where they’re getting 20 percent.”

Ribeiro also doesn’t believe that the league’s proposal will help close the gap between the NHL’s financial juggernauts and struggling clubs. In Ribeiro’s eyes, “They want us to fix the mistakes they made.”

  1. kitshky - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    The precedents already been set, regardless of what the players give up or concede to the owners …. the owners will just ask for more the next time around.

  2. jernster21 - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    The only question I have after reading this article is…..who’s the rocket to the right of Ribeiro?

    • windmiller4 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      Youre worried about girls at a time like this?!? Get your head on straight man, girls will be around forever, but this season might not be

      • psujay - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:11 AM

        I”m gonna agree with jernster. It’s not like the players are guiltless here. They have an offer on the table that will make them all very wealthy at a very young age. I don’t really feel bad for them that the financiers of the business paying them millions want a greater return on investment, but will still pay them millions.

        That girl is hot.

      • tatdue - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        @psujay and jernster21 Are you both a couple of virgins or something? That is a blurred image of what could be a transvestite for all you know….Maybe you boys should get back to the porn and leave the hockey talk to the men……

      • jernster21 - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        tatdue, it sounds like you run into transvestites quite often – I’ve never had that problem, sorry, I can’t relate.

    • jason9696 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve never heard of a girl referred to as a “rocket” before.

  3. paledevil - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    The owners may get the player porsche’s… but not the first born

  4. sampulls - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Players need to realize that this isn’t about their wallets alone. The NHL needs to be sustainable and healthy (like the NFL) and the players salaries will continue going in the right direction. The players gave 24% in the last CBA and look how much their salaries have gone up since.

    • tealwithit - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      How does that get 7 thumbs down?

  5. buffalo65 - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    League is making lots of money, the owners just aren’t sharing the profits. Pool all local and national TV money and divide it out to the 30 teams. Problem solved.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    It is impossible for me to side with anything Mike Ribeiro says so the NHLPA should put a muzzle on the gutless punk. He represents so much of what is wrong with the NHL in terms of integrity and style, I can’t imagine he has a clue about its finances.

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