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IIHF president lukewarm on NHL players in Europe

Sep 23, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

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With the lockout in full swing and NHL players heading off to Europe in droves to just play some hockey, the perspective from those across the ocean is a bit different.

IIHF President Rene Fasel is both happy to see European leagues benefit from having the biggest stars coming over, but realizes it’s tough for many who call those leagues home full time as Graham Dunbar of AP finds out.

“The integrity of the game is, for us, something very important. It’s not just business,” the world hockey leader said. “We play the game for the hockey fans, but sport should always be No. 1. Sport should also be about fairness to everybody.”

While Fasel toes the line well there, he goes on to say, “Our door is wide open,” regarding NHL players and that they’re going to play games whether they come or not. Taking advantage of the NHL’s problems just means better business for those in Europe one way or another.

  1. capsrockva - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    get the fing dealing done.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    The IIHF President is “Lukewarm ?

    In ancient Sparta, warriors returning from battle with wounds to their backside were considered “cowards” who must have sustained the injury while fleeing from the enemy … needless to say, they didn’t receive the “best” of medical care. And so should the European reception be for these turncoats like Ovechkin. To hell with lukewarm … I say crank the heat right up and boil these idiots like live lobsters ! Maybe then these parasites will learn a thing or two about loyalty and brotherhood …

    • revansrevenant - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      That must have sucked for the guys who got wounded by the spears of the men in the ranks behind them. In any dense spear/pike formation, it’s gonna happen.

      • blomfeld - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        No kidding eh ? … but as they say, “all’s fair in love and war” …

  3. tackledummy1505 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Funny how a player can take a 40% pay cut to risk getting injured and losing even more money in the process, but they can’t cut 7% off of the revenue sharing. Seriously? Am I the only one who gets this right now? Well good luck, cause if you think your regular owner was getting fat off of you, your european or Russian owner is taking the farm. Think about jersey revenue as well as tickets and other merchandise. Once you play for that owner they can sell your name on the back of their jersey forever if they want and people will buy out your jersey because they idolize you as a player or because those jerseys will become collector items. Either way your losing money, your losing time stat wise in the NHL, and someone is getting rich off of you because you want a couple grand more. Lol sorry but this all sounds dumb and stupid, but there are people who would die to be out on an NHL rink and make a fraction of what Crosby makes. Not to mention that your contract is guaranteed. Chris Pronger will not play another Flyer game but you bet he’s going to get paid his 5.7 million dollars. Good luck trying to find that in the real world. I work as a cop, my job isn’t guaranteed. I could be let go of by tomorrow and that would be the end of my salary. Maybe I’ll get lucky and get unemployment, which would be a whopping 1300 dollars a month. Yet Chris Pronger, who isn’t at his job, doesn’t plan to play hockey, help lead, or gives a crap how the Flyers will do this season, but he’ll make my entire salary in a couple of hours. Sorry but last time i checked, that’s not a bad deal at all. We’re not talking about a huge difference, but I do think the NHL in return for the cut salaries should have a financial advisor provided by their team to help them plan out the rest of their lives and help them to make smart choices with the money they do get. I also think the NHL should setup an injury pay scale. Due to certain injuries sustain in the game should be paid to them until their passing. This should be a collaboration between the NHL and the NHLPA.

    • blomfeld - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      a terrific post friend, as what you say is indisputable truth … however I would beg you to consider that “there is” collaboration between the NHL and the NHLPA … and that collaboration calls for a shortened season which will commence by the US Thanksgiving Day weekend … the reason for that is to stem the financial hemorrhaging of at least 4-6 franchises, which would not survive the coming season based on a full 82 game schedule …

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