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Crosby: Players don’t have incentive to accept NHL proposal

Sep 13, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

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Sidney Crosby decided to make his voice heard on Thursday and he did so while heavily support the NHLPA.

“Basically when you look at things, it’s a partnership,” Crosby said of the relationship between the NHL and players, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “If you look at the key principles of everything, we’re showing we’re willing to move, to sacrifice things.

“If you look at (the NHL) proposal, it’s not really the same type of feeling.”

When it comes to the NHL’s latest proposal, Crosby doesn’t think there’s “really an incentive for the players.”

Concussion issues have limited Crosby to just 63 regular season contests over the last two seasons, but he’s still managed to record 103 points over that span. In 2010-11, it looked like he might have been able to set new career-highs if he had stayed healthy and it would be great to see what he could do now if he managed to play a full 82-game season.

Unfortunately, Crosby acknowledged on Thursday that the odds of avoiding a lockout are “not looking great.”

If there is a lengthy NHL lockout, Crosby will look at his other options, including the possibility of playing in Europe.

  1. tronn25 - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    If Crosby wants to sign a multi-million colonut contract and play in Khazakstan, I for one won’t be missing any sleep…

    • elemeno89 - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      dude seriously? did you even read the article or did you just want to blast crosby…

  2. slclions - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    i have no incentive to follow this league anymore as of saturday…thanks Sydney you helped me make up my mind.

  3. mydadyourmom - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Poor choice of words.

  4. blomfeld - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    “Crosby doesn’t think there’s “really an incentive for the players” …

    Talk about putting his foot in his own mouth, eh ? “No incentive” for the players ? I mean really, aren’t people like Crosby supposed to have this deep “love for the game” and an eternal gratitude for the millions of fans who cheer them on and make them rich in the process ? Well according to this callous statement by Crosby, that’s apparently not the case at all.

    • odj810 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      as dumb as he sounds i think alot of players have the same opinion. There has to be give and take. Especially considering that the players can go play in other leagues and make there money. It’s not ideal but do you blame them. Would you cut your salary once let alone twice?

      • manchestermiracle - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        Yeah, ’cause everybody knows how hard it is to live on $5 million a year when you used to get $6 million a year. Please, there is no universe where an average schmoe’s take-home pay can possible be compared to a professional athlete’s multi-million dollar contract. Crosby sounds like he has just the attitude to become an owner himself.

      • odj810 - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        thats such an ignorant statement. Does everyone in the league make 6 million dollars? think of the players living on the league minimum. I know its alot of money still but when your only playing for 10 years? It’s a big deal no matter your salary to have it cut that substantially in 7 years. This isn’t about the megastar’s. This is about the journeyman. This is on Gary and the Owners. The players are being fair when it comes to business and the owners think they have a stranglehold on the situation. I think the owners come to there census in 2 weeks.

  5. nolockoutpricks - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    didnt take him long to change his story two days ago all he wanted to do was play. what more do you need than millions of dollars to play a game. an MFing game give me a break i hope you get another concussion and never play again

  6. ducksk - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Easy to be united when your making 12 million per year for 20 minutes a game.

  7. bubblehead2012 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    So what’s the crime here? If you took a second to read the whole article and not just the headline you’d get his point. Which is the players are willing to give and the owners are not. Obviously the owners do not accept the business as a partnership. Why should the players give in? What is the incentive? The hate for this kid is both unbelievable and unreasonable. The league is taking the fan base for granted and underestimating other leagues across the globe. I’d watch hockey from anywhere, most hockey fans would. 4am or whenever.

    • kitshky - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      Exactly. He’s not saying there’s no incentive for NHL players to play hockey for a living, he’s speaking within the context of the latest proposal from the Owners.

    • jtrain1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      I hardly agree that going from 57% down to 52% is giving much ! Besides, wasn’t it the players calling the owners greedy for wanting the players to take 43% instead of 57% ? WHO IS GREEDY NOW ! I hate having to agree with the 1%ters but the absolute most either side should make from here to eternity is 50% ! So get a deal done w/ term limits, 50-50 split, extend entry level deals to 5years, abolish RFA so when a player comes of a ELC he is a UFA, then you won’t have to worry about salary arbitration . My point being just get something done already ! It makes me sick to listen to people that complain about money when they already have more than enough .

      P.S : I would hope the NHL & NHLPA would like to apologize, or do something for all the workers in the stadiums, all the parking attendants, & whoever else will be affected by the impending lockout . But as they say : PEOPLE IN HELL WANT ICE WATER !

      • tatdue - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        Thumbs down on your first paragraph but a thumbs up on your second…since I couldn’t actually show that I thought that I would explain it….

    • jtrain1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      If it was a partnership, would it not be split 50-50 ? I do however agree with the last half of your comment, I would watch hockey played anywhere, & everywhere . Now if we can just find a way to get DIRECTV to broadcast hockey games from all over the world without having to watch NHL NETWORK that would be awesome !

  8. bobc74 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Well, Mr. Crosby, I would think all the fans that have paid good money to support the sport of hockey in Pittsburgh would be enough incentive. The Penguins have had nothing but sellouts over the past 6 or 7 seasons, which is a lot of box office receipt money. But if the players want to throw that all away, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if a couple thousand fans stop paying to see these crybabies. When some people in this country can’t afford a decent meal because they haven’t had a job in 2 or 3 years, I’m not sure it’s the right time to be arguing over earning a few extra million a year.

    • yearsbehindhockey - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      riddle me this; what star player was drafted by pittsburgh and began consistently tearing up the league around “6 or 7” years ago? oh maybe sidney crosby. secondly, he isnt to blame for inflated pro sports salaries. if someone wanted to offer you a contract for 8.7$ million dollars a year, then tell you that they actually werent going to pay you that amount what would you do? all he is saying here is that the players are willing to negotiate a deal that works for both sides, and the league is trying to strong arm them again like the did the last time. lastly, some people in this country dont dedicate themselves to brushing their teeth as much as he has dedicated himself to his profession,he has earned the right to express his dissatisfaction when someone sticks a mic in his face. and ill gladly listen.

    • blomfeld - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      well said friend …

      • tatdue - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        @blomfeld – Well aren’t you a little flip flopper….Do you have a split personality or can you just not make up your mind on things?

      • blomfeld - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        “When some people in this country can’t afford a decent meal because they haven’t had a job in 2 or 3 years, I’m not sure it’s the right time to be arguing over earning a few extra million a year” …

        if you can’t “groove” with that pal, then God speed to you …

  9. alexb64 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Bob Goodenow’s damage extends beyond the last lockout. He way overplayed his hand at a time when the players HAD to give for the league to survive, and now the owners & NHL are using how in the right they came off last lockout to try to justify locking the players out again only this time in a pure cash grab.

  10. id4joey - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    He is saying that the offer put forward lacks incentive, not that there is no incentive to come to an agreement. Perhaps you all should read the article. Seems like you all shot before aiming. :)

    • jtrain1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Well , it’s hard to miss someone that is all over place !

      • jtrain1966 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        Well I guess it’s no longer a joke because I have to explain it . For the people that want to thumbs down my comment : it was meant to be a joke because he is the face of the league every where you turn you see his face next to something w/ an NHL LOGO ! That was the premise for not needing to AIM !

  11. paperkid96 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Does he still live with his owner?

  12. broadstbully33 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    6 or 7 years???? hahahahahahahaha pitt only learned about hockey 4 years ago.

  13. Doesnotmatter - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    This is capitalism and that’s the way things go. The more profit a business/company makes the lower the employees salaries. It makes perfect sense. Just think about it. You can’t beat logic.

  14. id4joey - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    Yeah. Logic. Works well when dealing with mechanical/technical problem. Doesn’t always get you what you want when dealing with human beings, and this applies to both players and owners. How would you react if were asked to take a reduction in salary because your employer wants to increase his bottom line after years of increased profits. I hate this situation and think we should boycott the league for at least a year if the season starts late.

    • jtrain1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      I get where you’re going with your statement but, I wish people would quit using normal working class American, or Canadian salary in comparison to a professional athletes salary . It wouldn’t hurt them nearly as much to lose 7% as it would a normal working class American, or Canadian ! I’m not saying this to be a JERK , I’m saying this because it’s the TRUTH !

    • Doesnotmatter - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:33 AM

      Sarcasm. Almost all franchises of the company are making money. So “asking” their “employees” to take a 24 percent ( I think that was the initial offer from the NHL ) pay cut was an insult. If my boss came to me and asked me to take a 25 per cent pay cut while his/her business is making profit I’d tell him/her to f*** off.

      • jtrain1966 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        Yeah & you would also be out on your ASS with a 100% PAYCUT !

      • Doesnotmatter - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM


        not really, I’d be playing hockey somewhere else. In Europe for example.

      • jtrain1966 - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        I wasn’t saying it to be a jerk, i as saying it for joking purposes . If I had something to fall back on i’d probably do the same !

  15. onbucky96 - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Donald Fehr, shutting down professional sports since 1994.

    • hockeydon10 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      And in the 18 years after that, baseball has had how many work stoppages?

      If his method results in zero work stoppages in 18 years, while Bettman’s gets us three stoppages in 18 years, which would you rather have?

      • jtrain1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        And how long has he been away from the MLBPA ?

      • jtrain1966 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        I’m just saying because baseball hasn’t had any significant bickering with the players union since he has been gone !

  16. malkinrulez - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Why read the whole article! I believe there were some big words that the morons from Philly didn’t understand

  17. redwings1127 - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Glad to see the “face” of the nhl is crying and talking out of his ass again.

    • jtrain1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Yeah , He is notorious for complaining ! Only this time it’s the FANS he’s complaining to not the OFFICIALS !

  18. jtrain1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    @tatdue, he is just like his to idols, Mitt Romney, & Sidney Crosby ! HaHa, FACE !

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