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Recchi on lockout: Time for players “to think like businessmen”

Nov 13, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

Mark Recchi AP

Mark Recchi has a message for locked-out NHL players — get a deal done now, because the owner’s offers won’t get any better.

That’s what the former Bruin told the Boston Globe, explaining that players need to “think like businessmen” as the lockout approaches Day 60.

“The longer it goes, the worse [the offer] is going to get [for the players],” he said. “Hey, I’m an owner, too, so I see both sides. We lose money on our team, and obviously that’s not the same, the money’s not nearly as significant as in the NHL, but the business dynamics are similar. We’ve lost money every year we’ve owned it.’’

Recchi is a part owner of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. That, along with his lengthy playing career, gives him a unique perspective regarding work stoppages.

He was in Philadelphia for the strike of 1992, in Montreal for the 1995 lockout and signed with Pittsburgh out of the 2004-05 lost season (he was eventually traded to Carolina that year, and won the Cup with the ‘Canes.)

Recchi says that, based solely on the numbers, it makes sense for players to resume playing.

“The longer they’re out, the revenues are going to go down and down,’’ he said. “Corporate sponsors aren’t going to be lining up . . . so there goes that money. The schedule isn’t going to be 82 games, I don’t think, at this point. That’s more money lost.

“So, how are you going to get a better deal? Personally, I think the best time is now.”

Recchi also made a salient point about the perception of “winning” and “losing” negotiations.

The NHLPA was largely considered to be the latter after the last CBA, yet eventually emerged with a number of massive salaries and a 57 percent share of record revenues.

“Look at that last deal,” he said. “We ended up with the cap and everyone thought it was a bad deal. But it ended up great, right?

“No matter what the system is, or has been, the players get their money.”

  1. valoisvipers - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    At last friends we hear the voice of reason. Maybe the players should listen to what the past players have to say about their experience from the last lock out and stop listening to Herr Ferh as he steers them off the financial cliff.

    • bigtganks - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Exactly. The same players who were doing it for these guys 8-15 years ago. “Look guys, it’s not worth it. This cause you’re fighting for isn’t worth it, so get a deal done!”

  2. bigtganks - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    For once I agree with the Dr.

  3. sippindasyzurp - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    What is also missing from this piece is how Recchi mentioned this deal would have been in place a long time ago had the NHLPA not canned Paul Kelly and hired Donald Fehr…

    I knew it was going to be a dogfight with Fehr at the helm.

    • jimw81 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Paul Kelly was kick out of NHLPA because people thought he was to buddy, buddy with bettman and i would accepted the first offer made by the nhl.

  4. therealjr - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I like the point he made about everyone assuming the players got bent over last CBA. Meanwhile the cap went from < 40M to over 70M, although it should probably be around 60M. I will keep saying it, the only reason we don't have hockey is because the players won't suffer the humiliation of their $5M contracts worth $4.5M.

  5. paledevil - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Decertify the league ! See how fast the offer gets better.. The owner that want the doors open and new entrepreneurs will make a new league…

  6. mgp1219 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I wonder if Recchi would be saying this stuff if he was still playing.

    • jimw81 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      someone should ask recchi how he benefited from the other two lockouts.

  7. id4joey - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    It’s unfathomable that these guys want to be paid for 82 games if the season is shortened. Are they going to be stubborn to the point of losing a whole year’s salary? Is it possible that the players caught to GB’s act. I mean the ownership didn’t start negotiating seriously until a week ago. Why? Are the profits over Oct and Nov so small that the teams begin to see red ink only in Jan? Was eliminating training camp a ploy to save money? I’m really questioning the integrity of all parties. I m just staying hopeful that better judgement will prevail and both parties will compromise. Dream a little dream!

  8. sportsfan69 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Hey, let the NHL owners hire Replacement players. I’ll go to the games and watch them on television. Hey, there plenty of unemployed European players available.

  9. Doesnotmatter - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Fire Bettman……

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