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Crosby: NHL rejected offers in 10 minutes; Doesn’t look like “a group willing to negotiate”

Oct 18, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

The NHL’s dismissal of the three proposals the NHLPA countered with this afternoon obviously had the players feeling upset about things. Chief amongst them was Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby spoke with media after NHLPA chief executive Donald Fehr let his feelings be known about today’s developments and said the NHL doesn’t look like “a group willing to negotiate.”

Crosby elaborated saying, “When you make three proposals and get shut down in 10 minutes, it’s hard to think the other side really wants to negotiate.”


It’s easy to get caught up in the PR slings and arrows here, but it’s clear the players are far from happy the NHL didn’t take kindly to their proposals.

While it comes off as a lot of big talk from both sides, it’s not as if they’ve given each other the kiss-off and walked away. That said, it’s tough to feel positive as a fan or casual onlooker when the two sides are still lobbing verbal barbs at each other.

  1. semin28 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Soooooo nothing got accomplished

  2. jimw81 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    “When you make three proposals and get shut down in 10 minutes, it’s hard to think the other side really wants to negotiate.”

    they never wanted to negotiate from day 1.

    • stakex - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Thats why the owners have been the ones making all the offers right?

      Seriouslly its one things to take sides, its another to be an idiot.

  3. blomfeld - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Is that an Oscar calling ?

    Crosby surely now gets nominated for “Best Performance in a Dramatic Role” ? As for Bettman, he’s gotta be a shoe-in for “Best Director” and I think that Daly could have the inside track on “Best Actor” ? The one that puzzles me however is Fehr, as it’s still not clear whether he get’s nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” or “Best Special Effects” ? Guess we’ll see in due course.

  4. mydadyourmom - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    fku sid. fk all these humans.

  5. kingjoe1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    NHL players are stupid. Have fun in russia

  6. garryjercia - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Cindy is crying? You’re kidding. That’s so unlike him.
    This must be serious.

    • jimw81 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      he’s doing what he does best in front of a tv camera, pout and stomp away.

  7. capsfan19 - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Is it just me? Is does bettman cut diamonds and sell bagels on the side? What a bum…. How can make these grande gestures of “lets side down and work it out because I WANT MY HOCKEY”, thats what he said people. He wants HIS hockey… Yea im sure you do you putz.

    • redlegs7 - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM


    • goodellisruiningtheleague - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      “Is does bettman cut diamonds and sell bagels on the side?”

      english please

      • polegojim - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        It’s a Jewish slam and insult.

  8. michael91148 - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    How does Cindy get to look like the spokesman ?
    He barely has a high school education (if that) and now is a kingpin in THIS !!
    Shut it all down !! Start over !! Where is the WHA when you need them ????

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      This is what happens when you let stupid, uneducated jocks make public statements on business matters. Miss Crosby please go back to sucking your thumb in the corner and let the adults work. Great hockey player, but damn is he dumb as a box a rocks (Towes, Doan and Parise same goes for you).

  9. ducksk - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    I will say NHL players have big balls…..but, they arnt goin to win. They will loose a years pay and settle for something even less maybe down the road.

    • mpg44 - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      And there will be a LOT less of a league / profit to come back to. My money is already gone !!

    • chrisvegas - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Actually a good amount of them are getting paid well to play overseas, so they will win.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        let them stay overseas!!

  10. youngs79 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I love Hockey. Having said that, I think it’s time to boycott the NHL. Fans need to show the owners that they are not going to be a vehicle for their greed. We as fans hold the hammer and it’s time to show them.

    • mpg44 - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Start now …. All of the owners and players are attention hounds . Stop caring about what they do from here on out!! Stop feeding them the attention they want !! Tell the to go f themselves and take your money with you!!

  11. ewoods6 - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    It’ll come to a point where most of the players will still be making some money, maybe not what it would be in the NHL, in other leagues around the world and eventually, it’ll be just the owners and the NHL losing out on hundreds of millions.

    It’s s shame because the true victims are all of the people who are unemployed as a result of this. From ushers, concession stand folds, security, to people sweeping the floor…all of them, no more job. Alot of times, concessions are ran by chairty groups, raising money for something….that too…..gone.

    Pitiful and sad. And all you yahoos can only talk about Sid crying…..f*ckin haters gotta hate right? Cuz they aren’t sh*t.

  12. mhazz84 - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Hey everybody! Crosby said something! Quick, make sure everyone knows you think he sucks!

  13. chrisvegas - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    I hate to say it but for once I agree with Crosby. He is right! This ownership group doesn’t want to negotiate. The players are willing to over a better deal than the owners got last lockout, but that just isn’t enough for the owners. The owners want a deal like the NFL has, but what they don’t realize is that the NFL brings in 10 times more revenue so they don’t need to pay the players the same kind of split that is in hockey. The owners have NOTHING without the players, the players can go play in other leagues around the world. The American dollar is a shadow of what it once was as the currency is being devalued by a out of control government, which makes playing in other leagues around the world more tempting as they can now compete with the NHL as far as pay. The players are not the ones who aren’t willing to negotiate. People need to see that. Also not every NHL player is a millionaire, 3rd and 4th line players and depth players don’t make millions of dollars so stop acting like we are dealing with a bunch of millionaire babies. These players are the best in the world and deserve the pay they get as it is their bodies they are sacrificing. A guy like Crosby risks his well being for life with playing with concussion problems. Just look at Keith Premo. If you read between the lines you wills see that the players are willing to negotiate but aren’t going to cut their pay by a large percentage when the NHL has been THRIVING and just got a HUGE new TV contract triple of what it was. This lockout is because of the owners greed, not the players. If it comes between millionaires and billionaires, I’ll take the millionaires side, though the majority of players aren’t millionaires.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Cry me a river. If the crappiest NHL player plays for two years they are millionaires. There are many many highly skilled hockey players that would jump at the chance to play in the NHL. These guys have none of the financial risks and pay NOTHING the owners pick up the tab on everything. Let them stay in Europe and Russia.

      • chrisvegas - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        Boo Hoo… You couldn’t be more wrong. The average NHL player’s career last something like 5 years. If you aren’t a star player you aren’t making all that much. Even if you made say a million, after taxes, agent fees, ect… You don’t have all that much money left from your life’s work. These players try and make what they can while they are good enough to make it. It isn’t a easy business. Some come out with injuries that will plague them the rest of their life. Now if the NHL was financially struggling I would be on the Owners side, but the NHL has just tripled their TV revenue. They have been breaking revenue records the last 7 years. If you go to work tomorrow and the company you work for is tripling their profits, but they want you to take a 15% pay cut you are going to tell them to go kiss your you know what. Don’t you see that is what is happening here? The NHL is THRIVING in revenue and they want the players to take a pay cut. Don’t you think these billionaires are making enough money already? Heck they are the ones that sign these players to huge contracts. Nobody forces them to spend to the cap limit. They do that on their own. So don’t give me your hypocritical garbage. You wouldn’t want to take a pay cut at your job when your company was raking in the money, so why should they?

      • erh1218 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        The “crappiest” NHL players that play for two years, are likely making the league minimum and after taxes and expenses, probably never have $1 million dollars at any point. I’m not saying I feel sorry for them, I’m just saying that it’s not true that every NHL player is set for life.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        Name me one business on this planet besides sports that gives their employees the majority or even 50% of the revenue that the business generates. Din’t waste too much time cause you ain’t going to find it. If you can’t survive on 5 years salary of $525,000 (league minimum) than you are a jackass plain and simple. Millions across the world make due with much less. BTW I’m not saying they are set for life with league minimum but as sure as hell is more than most will ever make.

      • chrisvegas - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        This isn’t retail. It is completely different when the employees are also the selling product. Got to Vegas Brothel’s. The women there split 50% of their sales with the house. It is a good example because the women are also the product of sale.

  14. stew48 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I wanted to comment, but, after reading the entries, I decided against doing so. I just prefer not to use foul and uncouth language, so most wouldn’t understand what I would write.

  15. 8man - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    broadstreetbeatdown has it right.

    It’s the owners league. The players need to decide whether or not they want to play in it and we need to decide whether or not we want to watch.

    The 50/50 was more than the owners had to offer. Kill the year. Kill the union. Fire the players. Next year, promote the AHL and minor leagues and restore order. Then this will never happen again.

    If I’m an owner, I crush these bastards once and forever. They should have gotten total control of their product during the last stoppage. Fans cheer for the gear. We’ll eventuall adopt new players to cheer for and move on. Make some concessions to us like lower ticket prices and $99 Center Ice and we’ll get over it.


    • jimeejohnson - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      You are the perfect example of a narrow minded right wing NUT! The “bastards” you refer to play hockey, not some pencil pushing rich f-cks! The owners need to decide if they want the best players in the world or some 2nd rate scabs playing in the NHL. Not all fans are mindless drones who worship the greed and avarice of the rich, like YOU!

  16. broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    On the money 8 man!! I have a Parent, Clarke, LeClair,Tocchet and Giroux jersey. Know what the only constant has been? Ed Snider.

  17. bills4 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    How can anyone in their right mind take the players side! These idiots are going to lose ALL of their salary this year and no matter what they do in the future they will never make it up. It really just shows how overpaid they already are. You lose out on millions of dollars because of a few percentage points. Unreal! I agree, stay overseas and turn the AHL into the NHL.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      How can anyone be a useful pawn for the greedy owners? These useful idiots relate to those pencil pushing rich bastards, for what reason only the useful idiot himself knows. The rich can always count on the wannabe-rich, pea-brained wingnuts, for support of their hypocritical morals. Turn the KHL into the NHL; North America has no monopoly on the highest level of hockey in this world.

  18. bills4 - Oct 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Turn the AHL into the NHL!

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