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Chris Phillips thinks Mark Recchi is “uninformed” about labor situation

Nov 14, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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Mark Recchi speaking his mind about the players needing to settle with the NHL now and take their most recent offer isn’t sitting well.

Ken Warren from Senators Extra hears it from Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips that Recchi doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about.

“I guess I would say it’s an uninformed answer, unless he’s now tied in with ownership somewhere or wants to get involved with ownership and trying to take that side,” said Phillips, the Senators player representative. “Unless you’re on the calls and know what’s going on all the time, I don’t know what those comments are based on. Because he’s not involved.”

First it was Recchi being criticized for his take on concussions and now this. Going from a doctor to a lawyer is rough.

For what it’s worth, Phillips has had an active role in CBA negotiations and he’s clearly protective over what the players are trying to do, but Recchi isn’t the only former player encouraging the current players to get a deal done ASAP.

  1. finfan88shark - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Get back to us Chris when you lose a full season worth of Salary and tell us it was worth it.

    • bcjim - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      Exactly. Chris Phillips, whoever he is, is the one that is uninformed.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Whoever he is? Do you not watch hockey?

  2. stakex - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Recchi is simply stateing the facts. Phillips is trying to keep player moral up, and sounds more concerned with winning, then reality.

    Thats an issue right there. These negotiations seem more about whos winning, and who can win the PR battle… but at the end of the day they should be about the reality of the situation. That reality is that it only gets worse for the players from this point out, which is what Recchi was saying.

    The players need to get their head out of Fehr’s ass and look at this, not from the standpoint of trying to win, but from a realistic standpoint.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Recchi is right! The deals are not going to get better. What’s the big deal about being 28 until you are ufa anyways? Most players don’t come into the nhl until they are young 20′s anyways.

  4. sampulls - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    This deal is all about protecting the top 20% of the players. Not the 80% who only play 3-5 years in the NHL.

    Example
    You can make $1.7m/year over 3 years (total=$5.1m)
    -or-
    You can make $2.0m over 2 years if you stand firm on the ‘make whole’ provision (total=$4.0m)

  5. travishenryskid - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    The vast majority of these players never went to college. Is there an easier group to get to follow you to their own demise than hockey players? Fehr has these guys completely brainwashed.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Because everyone who goes to college is intelligent?

  6. wethog66 - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Recchi went through the last lockout didn’t he? Seems a little better informed on how dragging this out will affect the players than Mr. Philips.

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      Philips went through it too. He’s been in the league for well over a decade and is (apparently) willing to sacrifice one or more of what could be his last seasons.

  7. mpg44 - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    You see ….. This is the problem with some of the players today that never went through a labor dispute before. How dare they listen to someone who has been through it before , what would he know . F@cking kids!!

    • soro17 - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Maybe you should figure out what you are talking about before posting. Phillips has been in the league since 1997, has played over 1000 games and is a former first overall draft pick. He is anything but a kid, let alone a f@cking one (such a grown-up use of language by the way).

  8. sippindasyzurp - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I feel embarassed to be a fan of this league.. I have shelved all my NHL clothing… I am soo sick of looking at listening to and looking at Don Fehr, Steve Fehr, Bill Daly, Gary Bettman act like little school b itches..

    And I am also disgusted with how all the players whine about that there is nothing in this deal for them?

    Like how about playing for millions a year to play hockey? Is that not enough of an incentive???

    I am actually hoping now that the NHL cancels the whole season so the Owners and Players suffer, and then when a guy misses a whole season maybe even two? and then the league has to contract 6 teams so the players can then be out of jobs and see how great it was that they stood up for all there union brothers!

    FUK you all!

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