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Cullen on CBA: “Let’s get this done”

Oct 28, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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Following the announcement that all November games had been canceled, Matt Cullen unleashed a lengthy rant to the Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

The prevailing theme was that he’s confused that the NHL and NHLPA could go from seemingly making solid progress to another round of bitter rhetoric.

“I mean, I don’t care [about the rhetoric] in the media and on Twitter or whatever from both sides. It’s very close,” Cullen said. “It’s like, we’re both at 50-50. We’re extremely close when you look at the whole big picture. It sure seems like it would be an absolute shame to lose more hockey when we’re so close. Just get in the same room and get this thing hammered out.”

Cullen admits that he understands fans’ frustrations and shared some frustrations of his own.

“It’s frustrating, so I can understand everybody’s frustration from a fan’s standpoint, to the player’s standpoint. Everybody’s frustrated, and a lot of it stems from the fact that we finally have made some progress and both sides have moved together a little,” Cullen said. ” … Let’s get back in the room – everybody – and sit down and get this done. That’s what we’re here to do. It’s not like we have anything else going on in our days. Let’s get this done. This is Priority One. Let’s go.”

Now that’s the right attitude.

  1. antkowiak666 - Oct 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    if only everyone else thought the same as Cullen does,we would be watching hockey right now.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Almost everyone, from players to fans to other business people, DO think the same as Cullen. I let you guess who the minority are here who seem to have a completely different agenda.

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        *I’ll

  2. wardmanone - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Agree this is unreal and pure stupidity, the Owners couldn’t stand not giving huge long term contracts let them just tax them on it on share it with the teams who did not go over cap and or standard contract length. Mr Bettman, want Hockey to be significant try playing not striking at conclusion of every collective agreement. That is your Legacy

  3. id4joey - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    fans, the group of unsatisfied players will grow as I indicated in a previous. This is just the beginning.

    id4joey | Oct 27, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT
    They don’t care about the fans. They’ll start caring when they have settled. Until then, they are looking out for their best interest. Players have already lost over $350 million in salaries that they will never never see. Owners have lost as well, but they will be around much longer than the players giving them more time to make up for lost revenues. The players are better off taking a hit now, as opposed to waiting any longer. Ultimately, they will end up loosing more and more with each passing week. The band of players realizing this will grow bigger and bigger by the day and they ultimately will put pressure on the PA to make a deal.

    • macjacmccoy - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      actually they probably will get missed money back. That is usually part of the deal when a new cba is signed so your entire argument is wrong.

  4. fortwaynekomets - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    I’ve already accepted no NHL this year, or next.

    here’s why: the interest has been lost, and the damage has been done. if the NHL wanted to save face they had their chance by starting the season on Nov 2nd, which we all know isn’t going to happen.

    fans have already spent their season ticket / hockey budget money elsewhere. the pro minor leagues like AHL and ECHL and overseas the KHL are pulling record numbers attendance and TV/web subscriptions.

    sadly, we won’t be hearing much from either side IMO, we will just quietly coast into next Spring and the owners will bank on us being even more excited about the upcoming season, just like in 2004-2005. Jeremy Roenick even said it on Bob Costas “the owners are SAVING money during the lockout”.

    • id4joey - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Hang in there friend. We can be negative or positive. Why not be positive? I truly believe hockey will be here soon,

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