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David Krejci thinks Gary Bettman treats the players like animals

Oct 22, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

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Another day, another player taking a shot at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Today it’s David Krejci’s turn.

In an interview with Czech media outlet (Google translated), the Bruins’ forward had the following to say about the commish:

“We want to play, we’re the ones who are doing the show in the NHL, but Bettman thinks it makes him. It is unfortunate that the NHL have such a guy. It’s a shame for the entire hockey world. Treats us like animals.”

Krejci is coming off a three-year, $11.25 million contract and is set to start a three-year, $15.75 million deal.

Not bad for a 26-year-old animal.

Krejci also took issue with Bettman’s annual salary that’s risen from $3.7 million to almost $8 million since the 2004-05 lockout.

Related: Apparently Sergei Kostitsyn doesn’t like living in North America

  1. redwingsfan999 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I totally agree with Krejci

    • sabatimus - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      I don’t agree or disagree. It was Google-translated 😀

  2. drewsylvania - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Locks you in a pen and slops you a couple times a day, does he?

    • ballistictrajectory - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Probably shaves his head and sells the hair for wigs, too.

    • scottybcboy - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Is that how you treat animals? I don’t. The animals in my life get treated better than most of the people in my life.

      • steelcity4ever - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:17 AM

        It was a joke you douche, and why do you treat people so poorly?

  3. martysbetter - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Buddy, all our bosses treat us like animals – the almighty dollar is the bottom line, suck it up..welcome to reality.

    Must be nice to be coddled as an athlete your entire life, then the first time you face any adversity you piss and moan like a child – you’re a multi-millionaire doing something that – at the end of the day, isn’t at all important to society.

    The players come off like sniveling children every time they open their mouths, they should be smarter.

    • drewsylvania - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      They’re probably told to do this by the NHLPA, fat lot of good that has done. Do they realize how bratty they sound?

    • ion4014 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      I agree with you, but who doesn’t complain about their boss? Granted never publicly.

  4. acieu - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Player are partially animals. They are horses asses.

    • williplett - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:24 AM

      Thirty two thumbs up are partially animals…

  5. sjsharks66 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    All bosses treat their employees like animals. I wish I could stop coming to work and in a year still have my job ready for me. Then again I don’t have 17,000 cheering for me every time a walk into work.

  6. broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Too funny. These idiots are making the case against themselves every time they open their mouths an regurgitate this kind of nonsense. What a joke these nancys are, a $5 million a year animal (shakes head)

    • williplett - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:29 AM

      People who have hundreds of millions to a billion or more smile when you say this. The joke is that people who make tens of thousands of dollars each year are siding with the super wealthy owners.

  7. tmoore4075 - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Overreact much? I’m not siding with the owners but the one thing Bettman does have going for him is the gag order. The NHLPA should think about that because it’s comments like these that does not win you the PR battle. And I’ve said it 100 times now Bettman is doing what the owners want as a whole. His job is to make the league better on the financial side for the owners and lets face it he’s done it. You might not like it or him but he’s done his job. And people can say they should get rid of him cause he’s toxic since the players hate him. The same can be said for Fehr. You need a jerk for that job. If you got someone who rolled over that wouldn’t get you anything.

  8. sgtr0c - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Kinda hard to stretch the word millionaire, into being treated like an animal. There are real people that are way way worse off then a hockey player.

  9. 5kbo - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Some of you people really need to stop complaining about the fact that there are people who earn more money than you. Considering the fact that you’re all using the internet, I’m going to assume you all have computers therefore you probably have a house, a steady source of income, healthy food,etc. I live in Kampala, Uganda, an east African nation. Everyday walking down the street I see people without homes, jobs, and all the luxuries you and I have. You need to learn to appreciate what you do have, there are a lot of people who have it worse.

    • tmoore4075 - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      I don’t think anyone here cares that he’s richer than they are. It’s that he’s making it sound like he’s oppressed while making his $5mil a year. You said it yourself learn to appreciate what you have. When you make $5mil a year and say you are treated like an animal while people are living on the street you aren’t really appreciating what you have.

  10. id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Wow! Don’t be to hard on him. He’s only 26 and has a lot to learn about life and the business side of hockey. Consider the source…. 26 year old frustrated hockey player.

    Guys, keep this in mind. All of the players who have not accepted to play abroad have not been inactive (besides injuries) in Oct. Most of them have been playing hockey in sept and certainly at this time of the year since they were 10 years young. Novice or atom????

  11. dazmondo - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    i like how he doesn’t mention the fact that jeremy jacobs, HIS OWNER, is one of the ringleaders of this lockout.

    jacobs and snider are the loudest voices in bettman’s ear.

    • jimw81 - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Jacobs doesn’t know half of his players names. Jacobs, Leonis, Leaipod are the hawks in these talks. As for snider, it’s been show he NOT in this negation. If he was apart of it, he wouldn’t let NHL offer that 50/50 offer because that deal would punish the flyers and wind up paying carter and richards again. stop it with the snider conspiracies.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Boy have you got it all a$$ backwards. Jacobs and Snider are not the ringleaders. You know why? Their teams make gobs and gobs of money, they don’t give a crap if they have to pay out stupid bloated contracts. The real ringleaders are owners of the crap teams that can’t make a dime. Yes I’m talking to you PHX Coyotes, Vanderbeek in NJ, and the 20 guys that own the Nashville Predators. These are the foks holding up the show because they don’t want to pay out the ridiculous contracts they signed with guys like Doan, Kovalchuk and Weber.

  12. sjsharks66 - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    We appreciate what we have. We work hard to pay bills, take care of our families and have food on the table. One of the things that makes life easier is the joy of coming home at night and watching some hockey.

    What does not bring joy is seeing a 26 year old complain about his millions and how he feels like he’s not treated right.

    • id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Yeah! You’re absolutely right. May I add that it is very common for someone of that age to suffer from the “me” syndrome. Just like we the fans feel cheated out of this great game that we love so much.

  13. fortwaynekomets - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    cliff note:
    Donald Fehr is the one who really said this.

  14. mayortito - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man.

  15. irokkit - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I am a Bruins fan.


    And that selfish stuff does piss me off, But only When players from the other 29 teams say it.
    Especially from Philly, Rangers, Montreal, Pittsburg, San Jose, Dallas, etc…
    Hockey is the coolest game on ice

  16. kitshky - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I wonder if the term “animal” is more a result of a Google translation that Krejci actually believing they’re treated like animals … just a thought.

  17. braddavery - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Poor player, making millions upon millions or dollars to play a game. Maybe he should just quit then, if he finds it to be so bad?

  18. braddavery - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Poor player, making millions upon millions of dollars to play a game. Maybe he should just quit then, if he finds it to be so bad?

  19. blomfeld - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    NOAH’S ARK ?

    Well if the players are animals as this clown Krejci suggests with Bettman being Noah, then perhaps it might be an idea to identify some these creatures on the ark …

    Krejci – hyena
    Cooke – rat
    Ovechkin – baboon
    Doughty – stallion
    Sedin brothers – flamingos
    Burrows – piranha
    Quick – panther
    Crosby – squirrel
    Kovalchuk – snake
    Kesler – Peruvian diving petrel
    Brown – lion

    • williplett - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:32 AM


      • williplett - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:39 AM

        You simply can’t set people up like that.

    • sabatimus - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Canadiens roster — swans, obviously.

  20. id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    See bloomfeld, this is where we’re different. LOL you come up with the craziest sh•t

  21. matthews4 - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I Don’t know, maybe it has something to do with members of ownership calling them “cattle”. Last time I checked that was an animal. You have to wonder after player after player say all the same things about Bettman,what he is like behind closed doors. Yeah i kind of agree, the translation does not seem theat fluid. Just because our bosses do it , it doesn’t make them or Bettman right. Just a thought…….

  22. id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    broadstreetbeatdown, you’re partly right. Jacobs and Snider are making lots of money. We agree. However, businessmen always want to make more than the year before. That is economics 101. Regardless of the fact that they own a franchise or a lemonade stand. Make no mistake about it, Snider and Jacobs are the power brokers of the ownership team. The stronger your market, the more power you have. These guys are sharing their wealth with the smaller market teams. So, why would they not be interested in a new deal which increases their bottom line?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Joey, I don’t disagree with what your saying in theory, however you need to research Ed Snider before you say that he is trying to make more money from the Flyers. He’s in his 80’s he just wants another championship before he dies which is why his purse strings are always open for top tier talent. The sticking point is honoring previously signed deals. The B’s, Rangers, and Flyers don’t have a problem honoring these deals the Devils, Preds and Yotes do. The league is being held hostage by 6-7 teams.

  23. antkowiak666 - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    must be nice to be able to criticize your boss amongst the public and not have any buddy criticized our boss at a patients house and just so happened to get back to him.he had to apologize to him in person with his tail tucked between his legs.

  24. id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    broadstreetbeatdown, interesting perspective about Snider. I do agree that this conflict has to do with leveling the playing field for those 6 or 7 teams, which I believe is a good thing for parity and the long term sustainability of the league considering the current economic situation.

  25. xjokerz - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    What a little baby… No wonder the bruins are one of the most hated teams. Well and they have charas goofy ass …

  26. Doesnotmatter - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Its a lockout not a strike. Get off the Bettmobile. He, Daly and the Governors will screw you right after they’re done screwing the players. Pay them what you signed them for. Then go to the 50/50 split.

  27. 1clumsybear - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Attaboy Garry, got the best piece of a pie! Are you going to cut it? NO?
    Common owners, get rid of that weasel.

  28. kalfut321 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I agree with mr. K no players no hockey players are worth all they make

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