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NHL to contact Sens owner after lockout comments

Nov 2, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

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The NHL plans to have a little chat with Eugene Melnyk after the Senators’ owner publicly commented about the lockout earlier this week.

“The league has a long-standing policy against club personnel speaking on collective bargaining matters,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to the Ottawa Citizen. “It’s a serious policy and one that is well-founded in purpose and rationale.”

On Wednesday, Melnyk told Sportsnet radio he was worried about the damage the lockout was doing and that “we should be playing hockey by now. Everybody knows it, and we’re not.”

It’s not clear if Melnyk will be fined. Daly said the league wants to “understand the circumstances and context” of the comments first.

Related: NHL fines Red Wings for Devellano’s “cattle” comment

  1. elemeno89 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    whatchu gonna do, whatchu gonna do when they come for you. bad boy bad boy.

  2. danphipps01 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    NHL vs. the truth. Business as usual.

    • sabatimus - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Makes me wonder how many other owners are thinking the same thing without saying it. Which in turn makes me wonder if Bettman really does in fact have the backing of the owners. Could he be on his way out? Please say YES!

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    He did not even say anything wrong! They should be playing hockey!

  4. caniacx4 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Really? You’d meet with an owner of 1 team, but you won’t talk to the players! I think priorities are off big time. Time to get someone in there who will at least have lunch and figure this out!

  5. captaincanuck84 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    It is ridiculous that they are gong to waste their time with this when they refuse to meet with the players. Melynk is an owner who has every right to say what he wants, he is supposedly directly involved. NHL is a joke, how have the owners allowed this to happen. The majority of them have zero control over what happens with their own business (regarding the lockout), when does this ever happen in any other industry?

  6. rockthered1286 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    “Listen…Eugene… we have no problem with you speaking your mind, as long as it conforms with our cause, and in no way, shape, or form encourages an uproar from the fans.”

    “What fans? Oh you mean the people who came to NHL games prior to this lockout that will no longer be doing so after this embarrassment?”

  7. mrwings787 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    How does Bettman expect owners to support him when he fines them for talking… That guys digging his own grave

  8. druhlman - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    This tells me that what we suspected this whole time is in fact true. Not all the owners are on board with this lockout, even if the NHL wants us to believe otherwise. If Ottawa is against this then I am sure teams like Detroit, Montreal, New York, and Boston are certainly against it. Go figure those are teams that actually have a fan base that can support its franchise. Pheonix, Florida, Nashville, and Columbus….

  9. manchestermiracle - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    “…(P)urpose and rationale.” Two things utterly absent from this ongoing fiasco.

  10. manchestermiracle - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Unless, of course, your “purpose” is to destroy the league and your “rationale” for doing so is because there aren’t enough zeros on the end of your paycheck.

  11. chrisvegas - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Why don’t they just make it illegal for the owners to speak? The Nazi Hockey League is a joke.

  12. paperkid96 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Hello, My name is Brendan Shanahan VP of Player safety and Discipline. Since we aren’t playing and players aren’t breaking the rules I felt the urge to get on camera and explain something, anything. On October 31st Eugene Melnyk was involved in an incident where he ran his mouth without permission. I the process he broke rule 1: You Do Not Talk About Negotiations. He also broke rule 2: You DO NOT TALK about negotiations. For his role in this heinous violation he is forced to be locked in a closet with Gary Bettman for 3 days.

    Thank-You and back to my tanning bed.

  13. cweez2 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I love the fallacy of “Bettman works for the owners” when he has the power to smack down any of his so-called bosses at will.

  14. acieu - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Fine the traitor a lot!!!!.

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