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Malhotra: “If you just want to bury your head,” you’re missing out

Oct 12, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks Manny Malhotra talks with media after being cleared to play in the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver

While many NHLers have decided to spend the lockout playing hockey elsewhere, Canucks forward Manny Malhotra has been intimately involved in the CBA talks between the NHLPA and owners.

Wednesday and Thursday, for example, he was in New York as part of the union’s negotiating team.

The 32-year-old calls his participation in the meetings “an incredible learning experience” and believes those players who aren’t partaking are missing out.

“If you just want to bury your head and just go to the rink and play hockey and do nothing else, you’re missing a world of the behind the scenes of what really goes into a CBA, what goes into the makeup of the league, how the league operates,” he tells the Associated Press.

Was that a “veiled shot” at some of the less involved players? Maybe, maybe not.

However, with the NHLPA bragging it’s never been more unified, it’s going to raise eyebrows when a player suggests others are simply burying their heads during CBA negotiations.

At any rate, Malhotra spent the 2004-05 lockout overseas, so if he’s indeed frustrated at some of his union brethren, it’s not like he can get too haughty about it.

Related: Bobby Ryan won’t “run” from CBA problems by signing in Europe

  1. davebabychreturns - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Jeez, how much are we reading into this.

    Malhotra said players who are ignoring the CBA negotiations are missing out – is that a “veiled shot” or a basic statement of fact?

    Furthermore it’s probably possible to play overseas and still keep abreast of the issues.. it’s worth noting that heading into the last lockout Malhotra hadn’t earned much by NHL standards (just barely surpassing $1m in two of his five seasons to that point) so the prospect of losing a year’s income would have meant more to him than it would now – he’s earned as much in the last two years as he did his entire career leading up to 2004-05.

    Anyway. This seems like much ado about nothing.


    Manny’s PR agent.

  2. id4joey - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Players who are holding out are missing more. Ask Modano what he thinks the players should do after he experienced the last lockout.

  3. gp424 - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Another reason to like Malthora.

    Hey Dave, check this out. The San Jose Sharks Player Rep is Douglass Murray is now playing somewhere in Sweden and this shows you his commitment to his team mates and too getting a deal done.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Guys like Murray don’t have to be around though. They can do everything over the phone, and Fehr only likes posing with superstars. You ever see anyone making less than $6mil/yr behind him?

  4. manchestermiracle - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    The deeper you dig into the pile that is the NHL, the worse the stench. Sorry, can’t see how that is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Ooh, a double negative. How appropriate.

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