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Horcoff: “Gary has forced the players’ hand”

Oct 15, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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Add Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff to the growing group of players whose lockout gripes seem largely directed at Gary Bettman – including addressing him as “Gary.”

Horcoff supplied ESPN’s Craig Custance with a resounding round of vitriol.

“It’s the same thing every time with the owners,” Horcoff said. ” … Gary has forced the players’ hand into this situation and frankly, he’s [ticked] us off. I think at the start, that first offer they gave out, that was a big, big mistake on Gary’s part.”

He also doesn’t believe that the Bettman’s side cares about fans’ frustrations.

“I sit there and read Gary and Bill’s comments about, ‘We feel sorry for the fans.’ Well, I find that really hard to believe,” Horcoff said. “I think it’s a blatant lie, personally. I don’t feel they feel sorry for the fans at all. Gary feels like no matter what, [the fans are] going to come back and couldn’t care less if they’re frustrated with this. He’s going to do what it takes to get the best deal and couldn’t care less what they feel.”

His comments include a noteworthy amount of bitterness, but his message is becoming more common.

Horcoff did provide a little extra insight on what might just break up some of the impasse, though.

“The league needs to state what they want most,” Horcoff said. ” … If we knew what they wanted most, we could probably do something. But right now, they want everything and it’s not going to happen.”

Wild guess: more money will be high on the list.

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  1. vindicatus - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Whatever. The fans don’t even give a flip any more. Cancel the whole season at this point. We’ll watch football, baseball, basketball, KHL, AHL, soccer, or 1000 other things that are more worth our time than the plight of the millionaires vs billionaires. Congratulations on making hockey irrelevant again.

    And the best part of watching playoff baseball? I don’t have to watch that troll Bettman.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      Maybe in Phoenix, Columbus or wherever you are that’s the case but here in the northeast, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

      • vindicatus - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:05 AM

        Nice try. I’m from NY, and there is most definitely more interest in the Yankees than there ever was (or will be) in the Rangers. Just look at how the comments have dried up on this blog. People are moving on. Hockey will always be a fringe sport with Gary “Lockouts” Bettman.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        Good, hopefully we avoid having to deal with people like you then

  2. sampulls - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Horcoff is a bum! Ferme la bouche just accept that u will make $4.1m instead of $4.4m.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      …or (almost) nothing at all if the season’s cancelled.

      “He’s going to do what it takes to get the best deal and couldn’t care less what they feel.” – are you talking about the owners or the NHLPA?
      /sarcasm off

  3. hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with Horcoff

  4. turtlematt18 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Just get a damn deal done already. All of this crap is ridiculous. They cannot even agree on what issue they want to go over. Are you kidding me.
    Bettman is useless and the biggest problom in this whole mess. Get rid of him. The Nhl would be much better off and not continually go thru these lockouts if he was long gone.

  5. ewoods6 - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Here is what puzzels me….the President of the USA has more checks on his position then the likes of Bettman and Goodell. When 1 man has too much control over everything, you get sh*t shows like Gary Bettman’s NHL. He is an outright embarrassment at this point and NO ONE ON EARTH can do anything about it. Does that seem so f’ed up to anyone else that he could technially do what he wants for as long as he wants and no one can do a thing about it?? What if he decided to never get a deal done?? I mean he won’t do that because he won’t make $$ either but IF he wanted to, he could.

    Horcoff is 100% right, Bettman doesn’t give a damn. Neither does Daly.

  6. tmoore4075 - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Owners tell Gary what to do Shawn. He’s going after the type of deal that they want.

  7. ducksk - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Hey Horcroft, shut your pile hole. Go play in Europe. Please look up the word owner. It belongs to them and they can pay whatever they want. If you don’t like it, quit and go get a new job….good luck with that. This is not socialism, where do you get off telling someone what you demand in order to work for them. You suck. All this garbage from players has turned me pro owner. The Flower said it best!

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