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After stalled negotiations, Oilers’ Horcoff now “worried for the season”

Oct 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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Having witnessed owners reject the NHLPA’s three CBA proposals, Shawn Horcoff now fears for the fate of the 2012-13 season.

“I am worried for the season, I’m really worried,” the Oilers captain told the Edmonton Sun. “Especially after today, seeing what I saw. I think the next step is cancelling another big chunk of games, probably into the middle of November.”

Horcoff was one of 18 players in Toronto for Thursday’s meeting and, from what he saw, the negotiations went nowhere.

“There was no talk whatsoever, not even any communication among their own people in the room, among the owners. It was that quick,” he explained. “It didn’t really matter what we had to say. Unless we totally accepted their deal, they weren’t going to take it. ”

Horcoff also shared his disdain for commissioner Gary Bettman, re-iterating a common refrain heard throughout the work stoppage:

Players don’t trust Bettman. Nor do they like him.

Horcoff said the players huddled to watch Bettman’s post-meeting presser and were “going crazy” at what the commissioner told the media.

Things have gotten to the point where the players’ emotions have made the union almost defiant in its stance, something Horcoff shared with the Sun.

“We’re willing to sit the year out if it means getting the right deal,” he said.

  1. tmoore4075 - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    The last part is all well and good if you get the right deal but what if you get the deal, or one close to it, that they owners are offering now what did that get you? Lose a season to get the deal they are offering now? The owners will get what they want or close to it. I understand where the players are coming from but I’m thinking too many of them weren’t around last time because I know the owners will wait it out.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    It must be easy to not work for a year when you make millions of dollars. To bad the rest of us have to work our asses off. The only thing we look forward to is coming home, having a beer and watching some hockey.

    Oh well…

  3. lordfletcher - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    it’s a safe bet to think the season is over. We’ll see what happens, I am offically not holding my breath.

    Anyone know what the ping pong ball situation will look like. They use the 3-2-1 system post lockout correct? Will be a stacked top 4 this year, teams like Columbus / Toronto / Minnesota / NYI / Colorado / a few others could be in for a nice pay day… I really hope Columbus gets the #1

    -wild fan

  4. davebabychreturns - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Of course Horcoff’s worried, a lost season means a year ticked off of that laughable $5.5m per contract the Oilers gifted him.. even he knows there’s no way he’ll ever get another contract like that.

  5. jimw81 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I understand why Horcoff is worried, did anyone see this in larry brooks article today?

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/bettman_nixes_union_three_counter_WLoqY07IsjS0R7Q3NzVDfK

    (Jeremy) Jacobs, the board chairman who is believed the league’s most extreme hardliner, did provide moments of the most levity in the meeting even if unintentionally so, when, according to one player, the Boston owner announced that Bettman has the most difficult job imaginable.

    “Gary has the hardest job because he represents both the players and the owners,” Jacobs is reported to have said.

    That, according to our mole, prompted Fehr to ask, “Does that mean we can fire him?”
    ——————————————–
    This is the same Jeremy Jacobs who didn’t know half of the players names who won the Stanley cup against canucks.

  6. bcjim - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Players are going to be kicking themselves if the season is lost.

    They should be asking Fehr wtf he is doing.

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