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Tanguay doesn’t think players are being greedy

Sep 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Alex Tanguay has already lost an entire season to a lockout. He doesn’t want to lose another.

“The lifespan of a hockey player is usually not that long and you want to make sure that you have as much time as possible to enjoy your sport,” Tanguay said in a TSN report.

Tanguay is still crossing his fingers in hope that an agreement will be reached. However, the two sides still appear to be far apart and the current CBA is set to expire on Saturday.

All that being said, Tanguay is supportive of the players’ position when it comes to the ongoing negotiations.

“If you look at it, I don’t think the players are being greedy in any way,” Tanguay said. “Yes, we do make a lot of money. It’s the money we generate as well. You have to look at a little bit of everything.

“I feel very confident in the union and the job they’ve been doing. Hopefully we can reach a deal that’s fair for everyone and that’s profitable for the league and gets all the franchises success.”


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  1. pastabelly - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    The funny thing about this lockout is that not too many people are blaming the players for being greedy. The world is officially upside down when Donald Fehr is not viewed as the bad guy and the owners are. I can’t get too upset with Bettman. He’s a pawn of the owners.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      54-50% over the next 6-8 years. Do it. It works out for everyone.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        The owners have said no to that

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        Really? I thought it was just the 56-52% they didn’t like.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      I wouldn’t say all the players are greedy, they did give up a lot the last time around and have been willing to negotiate around HRR (getting closer to a 50/50 split). I’d say more that the top contracts of the last few years gives the appearance of them taking everything they can get, but most of the players aren’t benefiting from those $100M contracts.

      Is Webber worth nearly 22 times the salary of Jonathan Blum? Is Cal Clutterbuck worth 1/7th of Parise to the Wild? You end up with players like Gilbert Brule not being able to get contracts unless they take bare minimum because a majority of the cap dollars have gone to the high priced talent. It’s not good for the union as a whole or the NHL.

  2. feedmetherock - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Although the owners have all the, let’s not forget that the players bring in the money. I think that if there is a lockout it could have long-term effects on prospects and players choosing to stay in their respective countries and give the NHL the bird. The league is just too unstable and leagues around the world are becoming more competitive in their offers to keep players either in their country or convince players to leave the NHL to go to Europe and Russia.. This isn’t like the last lockout where the players had no where to go.

    • feedmetherock - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      All the money*

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