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The NHLPA made a video message for the fans

Sep 16, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

With the lockout underway now, it’s time for everyone on both sides to step up their public relations game. While the league and many teams are posting letters to the fans, the NHLPA took things a step further with a video for the fans.

In it you’ll hear from Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, James Reimer, Gabriel Landeskog and others about what their position is, how they’re trying to help struggling teams, and how they’d be happy to play without an agreement if not for that whole “owners aren’t willing to do that” thing.

Meanwhile, neither side is rushing to the boardroom to actually negotiate.

  1. nolockoutpricks - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    give me a break. stop being such a bunch of cry babies and get a GD deal done you little biotches
    your getting no sympothy from me.

  2. trom09 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I couldn’t stop thinking of the southpark BP “I’m sorry” video while I was watching this.
    Stop with the PR crap- both sides are to blame.

  3. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    No Fans equals NO REVENUE, which means no salaries for the players. Who wins, NO ONE. Oh wait, the fans WIN, we save our hard earned money. Hmm, just saying. Tic, toc, that’s your NHL career passing you bye.

    As fans, we need to call our TV subscription companies – Comcast, Directv, and Dish Network demanding a partially monthly refund for no NHL games on the NBC Sports Network.

    This way the fans don’t get screwed by the players or by the owners.

    This needs to STOP, the NHL fans are strike from the greedy millionaire players and the billionaire owners.

    Both of you, are despicable. You should be a shame of yourselves. Did you think about the stadium vendors whose lives depend on the games?

  4. kalfut321 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Both sides are selfish pigs let’s go back to the old days six teams all you other guys can go home same goes for the owners both of you suck the life and $$$$$ out of the fans and the people who try to make a living working in the arenas how are they going to put food on their families table? You selfish pigs

    • rockyspond - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      So if there is such solidarity among the NHLPA members, and it’s not about money on their end, tell me why those guys who are living comfortably on their $6/7/8/ million/yr salaries are rushing to take all the available spots in Russia and Europe while their brethren who are getting by on $6/7/800,000 are left at home to lead the picket lines. Are the wealthy guys planning on revenue sharing with the unemployed ones ? If not how can they demand that the solution to this lockout is for the owners to share revenue ? Strikes me as a bit hypocritical.

  5. blomfeld - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Q: “Did you think about the stadium vendors whose lives depend on the games?”

    A: “Do you worry about the ants you may have stepped on when crossing the road?”


    This business about caring for the fans is very touching and cute no doubt. But in the world of Bettman and the NHL owners, sentimentality has absolutely no place at the table. The fact of the matter is that for many of the owners, there’s “much” to be gained from this lockout. When you take the season in context, October and November are no doubt the two biggest “loss-making” months of all, where the majority of US based teams likely don’t even cover their “variable” costs (ie: player salaries, operational expenses, etc) let alone make a contribution towards “fixed” costs. And when that happens, basic economics will tell you that operations should and must cease immediately.

    So while this lockout is upsetting for the many fans, it makes perfect sense for the ones who are pulling the strings … the team owners. And people should not lose sight of the fact that there are far more “loss-making” US owners than there are “profit-making” Canadian owners. I’m personally convinced that what’s unfolding now was furtively agreed upon way back at the start of the year. And I predict that the season will commence in either late November or early December … just in time for the Christmas retail season, when little Johnny & Janey demand their new $300 hockey jerseys.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Of course they did. If you were running a business and you were loosing money because you were overspending on something, and the only way to stop that overspending was to shut operations down for a couple of months wouldn’t you? The players and owners are both to blame on this. I can see both sides points of view while agreeing with niether. If you want a big league with parity then the owners are right. If you want a small league with a couple teams doing most the winning then the players are right. The only thing I find funny is if the players have their way then hundreds of players will loose their jobs when all the money loosing U.S. teams fold. They can’t all go to Canada. Canada could only support two or so more teams. There are at least twelve teams loosing money. So we could reduce the league to twenty teams and then the players wouldn’t loose their cut, but hundreds of players would loose thier jobs. Like I said I can see both points of view. The question is what kind of league do you want?

      • blomfeld - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

        @Sunderlanding – well stated friend … nonetheless, while it’s true that not “all” of the players could relocate to Canada, there is a feasible scenario where a Canadian-centered NHL could provide a home for at least “most” of them … after all, even most Americans would agree that at least 10 x US based teams should be folded immediately … I could see Canada accepting at least 5 x units (ie: Hamilton, Saskatoon, Halifax, Mississauga, Quebec City) with the surviving remainder going to either Seattle, Portland or Las Vegas. Sometimes in life “less is more” and I believe that the NHL today is a perfect example of that … at any rate, good commentary on your part and so please enjoy this touching number by the King … :)

      • windmiller4 - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:03 AM

        And theres the very first blomfeld video of the lockout…

  6. sjsharks66 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I have no sympathy. If you want to play get a deal done. Stop going to Europe and the ahl.

  7. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    The NHL players have loss reality. Millionaires turning into scabs to take jobs away from European players. Crosby and rest of the bunch are despicable. Sidney, are you going help out the Stadium vendors? NOT!

    • blomfeld - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      “Sidney, are you going help out the Stadium vendors?” …

      The answer to that question is an unequivocal no … just like his fellow peers, Sydney Crosby plays the game of hockey for the sole purpose of obtaining vast sums of money … nothing more and nothing else … and if that wasn’t bad enough, the man has never done himself any favors by always coming across as a contrived, artificial, self-important, calculating, manipulator … he himself is as much to blame for this lockout mess, as is Bettman or Fehr …

  8. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I’m not a lawyer, but if NHL player suffers an injury playing in Europe, is their NHL contract voided?

    • tealwithit - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      They have to get insured against their current contract. And they typically ask the European teams to cover the cost of the insurance.

  9. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Like I said, don’t let the door hit you (NHLPA) in the ass. Goodbye!!!!! Millionaire spoiled babies.

  10. ninerlover85 - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I just created a Facebook page – it is called Stay home until NHL ticket prices drop – please like my page and share your thoughts!!!

  11. shutyourfivehole - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I don’t need a video to say “f*** you all”. I’d rather watch college hockey.

  12. jimw81 - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Firemarshal u cant get rid NBCSN or NHL net easily. Its apart sports package that have cancel entire package or a package u sign up with your cable service. Just block the channel on cable box. Plus it’s waste of time.

  13. Eberwizzle - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Now let me make a video for the players of my friends dying in Iraq/Afghanistan, leaving our families for 18 months at a time, not being normal for the rest of our lives because of what was seen and done for 50k. Forget them!!!!

  14. sampulls - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Is it just me or does anyone else think it is rediculous that the owners can’t simply set their own ‘unwritten’ salary cap.

    • rockyspond - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      That would be called collusion which is a violation of anti-trust laws.

  15. manchestermiracle - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I made a video for the fans directed at the NHL. It’s short and kinda boring: Just me standing there giving them the finger….

  16. bubblehead2012 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    blomfeld: The lockout is as much Crosby’s fault as Bettman and Fehr?

    You’re a moron.

    • blomfeld - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      and you my friend are “sheep” … now go run along back to the pasture, your shepherd’s calling you … baa, baa, baa …

  17. kcprof926 - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    If they ever come back would love to have everyone boycott their first game and see how it feels to play in front of empty seats. As long as the NFL is around I will be fine.

  18. augsburg12 - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I’m done Even if you come back this year No tickets No jersey … No money this year from meeeee .. Period

  19. kilejo - Sep 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Never hated hockey players as much as I do now. Get over yourselves you greety b@st@rds,

  20. kilejo - Sep 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Typo… greedy! Couldn’t type over the laughter over cry-babies like Syndy. You are such an embarrassment for the sport you so loved as a child. Well I bet there are a couple of hundred AHLers that would play in your place for their current salary. Remember when you used to say I’d play this game for free. Yeah, right. You wuss. I back the owners this time. Stick by your guns owners. Soon there won’t be any fans anyway. You guys are idiots, baseball has added a wildcard and there are 20 teams in the mix anymore. Football is back (oh, and you refs need to go hang with the wussy hockey players, you’re ruining a game too). And basketball is right around the corner. Careful Syndy or you will be irrelevant.

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