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Malhotra: Players would be “on vacation somewhere stuffing our faces” if they didn’t want to play

Nov 4, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

Manny Malhotra AP

Manny Malhotra is like most other players affected by the lockout. He’s upset with the owners and he just wants to get out there and play hockey.

As he tells Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun, he’d have other plans if he wasn’t serious about getting back on the ice and getting a new CBA worked out with the owners.

“If we had no desire to get back to the games, we’d be on vacation somewhere stuffing our faces rather than skating and working out every day,” he stated. “To say that guys don’t want to negotiate and get things done would be a wrong statement.”

The players’ resolve hasn’t been questioned at all through this process. If you’re on Twitter and following any of the players, you know they’re involved in the process even to the point of annoyance.

Add to that the number of players who headed overseas to play as well as CBC’s Elliotte Friedman report saying the players want Donald and Steve Fehr to negotiate with the owners more.

Putting that much more effort into the process might be one of the few things to help get a deal done sooner than possible.

  1. jmbates10 - Nov 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    While I understand the player’s frustration, it is difficult to negotiate if the other side is unwilling to move off their position, and further walk away from three different counter proposal’s without the benefit of a discussion. Of course, my comments are from media reports so can only be taken in that context.

    However, there is a deal to be done here and the fact they continue to entertain themselves with PR rhetoric rather than getting in a room, closing the door, ordering pizza and finalizing an agreement sure is frustrating for those of us wanting to see hockey return.

    Hopefully this weekend’s discussions have advanced the ball a bit, but they better hurry up. People will find other less expensive avenues for their hockey fix.

    • stakex - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      The reason the owners didn’t bother to discuss the players three counter-offers is simple… they were all a different version of the first offer the players made. There was pretty much nothing different about them, and their one offer that claimed to be a 50-50 split… was actually a 56.7-43.3 in the first year. When you actually read the players offer, and then consider what the owners had offered… its not a shock that the owners simply walked out.

      I agree that its frustrating seeing both sides not talking. However there really does have to be something to talk about, or its just going to hurt the process. If both sides are firm on their current stance, nothing good will come out of both sides getting in a room and yelling at eachother. You need some sort of common ground to start serious talks.

  2. id4joey - Nov 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    The owners want to negotiate starting from their latest offer. I.e. their agenda, but the PA in unwilling.

  3. habsman - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    The players cannot win.

    I think they’re finally starting to realize it. One more lost paycheque should do it.

  4. id4joey - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    habsman, agreed. At first I was pissed as a fan, then realized the business issues at stake. That’s when I started saying the players would come to their senses. I never lost hope that there would be a season.

  5. blomfeld - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM


    Malhotra’s a nice guy and he means well no doubt, however he’s completely clueless as to what’s really going on here. You’ll notice in the pictures up top that for the first time “everyone” is smiling ! (ie: Bettman, Daly, both Donald & Steve Fehr, etc). And you’re gonna tell me that they don’t know “exactly” what’s going down here ? … yeah right ! Anyway, suffice it to say that we’re now coming to the final “dramatic” scene here in Gary’s “thrilling & convincing” stage production. So stay in your seats friends and “on with the show” !

    ps: and just like an Elvis movie, I guarantee that we’re in for a happy ending ! :)

  6. grillmarks - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Dustin Byfuglien will be stuffing his face regardless.

  7. somekat - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    This entire article, on it’s face, is BS. You can’t say “If you’re on Twitter and following any of the players, you know they’re involved in the process even to the point of annoyance.”, then follow that with “Add to that the number of players who headed overseas to play”

    If a signifigant amount of players are playing overseas, they CAN’T be “involved in the process even to the point of annoyance”. The bloggers on this site are so pro-union, it’s ridiculous

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