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Former Sabres minority owner Quinn believes there’s a deal to be made

Oct 25, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

Larry Quinn

Larry Quinn feels the same way most hockey fans do these days – baffled that the NHL and NHLPA can’t reach a new CBA.

The Sabres’ former executive and minority owner recently shared his thoughts on the lockout with’s Pierre LeBrun.

“I really believe there’s a deal to be made here,” Quinn said. “And I’m shocked that given the money involved … I mean, the person that gets hurt the most in this is the player. You’ve got a diminishing asset and, unlike the owners, everything they make is a profit and it cannot be replaced. That’s just the nature of the beast. The fact that their limited livelihood would be jeopardized once again, something is just wrong. It makes you wonder what interests are being represented and why.”

We’re not positive what Quinn meant with that last part, but if we had to guess, we’d wager it was a shot at NHLPA chief Donald Fehr, who some have accused of putting his legacy ahead of the current players’ interests.

Quinn also believes the players need to remember that, no matter the system, their salaries have always risen.

“The proof is in the pudding from the last CBA that their salaries went up 30 percent,” he said, “and that CBA was supposed to be the mother of all salary reductions.”

Translation: Do what needs to be done to get back to work.

Related: Modano reminds players: “You’re only in the game so long”

  1. ducksk - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Maybe the smartest comment yet! That and Guy “the flower” and now Modano. Do you really really think the players will get want they want? You don’t think those players that signed those huge contracts knew they could be null and void under new CBA? I am not taking sides, plenty of $ to go around for reasonable men, which we seem to be short of on botH sides. I want hockey!!!!!

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Owner speaking to media during negotiations? That’s a paddlin’.

    • bigblackzaranek - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      what about paddlin the school canoe?

  3. elemeno89 - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    coming from a guy involved in the last lockout. time for him to go back under his bridge.


    sabres fan.

  4. id4joey - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Spoken like a true business men. Very refreshing.

  5. blomfeld - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    “their salaries have always risen” …

    there’s no denying of that … during the past 20 years the average NHL salary has risen “10 fold” from $255,000 in 1991 to approximately 2.4 million today … a similar upward trend applies to most of the other professional sports too … however there’s no basis or justification for today’s NHL players to be crying the financial blues …

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