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Clowe: “We’re not going to get pushed around”

Oct 10, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe put up a strong front while discussing the players’ side of the lockout with ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

“Players are on the same page,” Clowe said. “No one’s cracking. We’re informed and updated and guys have a good understanding of what’s going on.”

“We’re hockey players … We’re not going to get pushed around.”

The escrow issue resonated with Clowe, in particular.

” … Contracts have been signed, both the owners and the players have signed these contracts. Now they’re trying to take whatever percentage off the top?,” Clowe said. “It’s all about principle. It’s a handshake and an agreement. Why did all these owners rush to sign all these players before the lockout?”

Much like his Sharks teammate Dan Boyle, Clowe doesn’t think that owners are as unified as it may seem.

“I’m sure there are owners that want to be playing now and probably like our last proposal,” Clowe said. “Obviously Gary has done a good job keeping the reins tight. But I can’t believe how the owners are kept on the back burner like that.”

Read the full story for Clowe’s thoughts on going overseas and his expanded lockout opinions.

  1. stangz11 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    He’s right. It’s pretty hard to push them around when they are all too busy running overseas to take other people’s jobs

  2. ron05342 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Given that he likes to play the puck from the bench, perhaps he can negotiate a deal with the owners from there as well.

    • jfive84 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Came here for the Clowe jokes. Was not disappointed.

  3. ducksk - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Tough talk. Keep your yap shut. Or you may be looking for a job @ 10% the $.

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Best power forward in the league. Wish this would all get fixed so we can watch hockey again. We need to resign Clowe 😦

  5. polegojim - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    ….yep, and you’re also not playing, nor getting paid!!!

    Boy, you’re sure teaching them a lesson they’ll never forget.

    Way to go Tough Guy!

  6. themajorleagueblog - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Seems like Sharks players take the biggest bites in the lockout. First, Havlat, then, Boyle and now, Clowe. Who next, sure isn’t going to be Thornton. My money is on Marleau.

  7. themajorleagueblog - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    My biggest gripe is that the PA hasn’t even gotten their final check before they are cut off, yet, everyone is talking like they are completely unified. I can’t wait for the scrambling in December by both sides.

    • trick9 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      NHL won’t be scrambling in December, because if this goes that far, they have already lost Winter Classic and All-star weekend. Things will heat up during november because thats the month they need to cancel those events if the lockouts keeps dragging on.

  8. acieu - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    As if his opinion and observations matter. If he were payed by his TOI he would be at minimum wage.

  9. travishenryskid - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    NHLPA should have put a gag order on like the owners did. Every time a player opens his mouth, I feel less sympathy for them.

  10. valoisvipers - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Clowe you should shut 57% of your pie hole!

  11. bjbeliever - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    How many players turned down the extra escrow money when times were good?? No thanks owners, the hand shake and original contract was good….ummm zero of them, so the a deals a deal argument doesnt really fly only one way

    • hockeydon10 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Except them getting the “extra escrow money” was part of the deal.

      Giving the owners a kickback wasn’t part of the deal.

  12. andymannfl - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    “Best power forward in the league. Wish this would all get fixed so we can watch hockey again. We need to resign Clowe”

    Best power forward in the league? Lol. He’s not even the best PF in his own division. 17 goals does not make you a great PF. A useful player but far, far from the ‘best’.

  13. sjsharks66 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    He had one of his worst years as a shark last year. Look at the past 4 years not including this one. He is the best power forward.

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