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Kaberle: Both sides need to smarten up

Nov 16, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

Tomas Kaberle Montreal

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman proposed two-week moratorium on CBA talks doesn’t encourage optimism, but things could be worse — this could be the 2004-05 lockout.

“I was always positive,” said Kaberle in a Toronto Star report. “If I have to think of 2005 and now, I have to say I’m more positive this time around because everybody is on the same page and it makes a big difference for every one of us as a group.”

The NHL and union didn’t engage in any formal negotiations in the fall of 2004, so even with the latest setback, an argument could be made that this lockout has been progressing at a faster pace. Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that the only positive scenario would have been no lockout at all.

Eventually something will need to give, but Kaberle doesn’t think that Bettman and the owners are the only ones that have to change in order to salvage the 2012-13 campaign.

“Both sides need to smarten up,” Kaberle said. “Everybody is missing hockey, obviously. Just have to be calm and practice every day and get ready for the season to start.”

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Why did Bettman suggest a two-week moratorium on talks?

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Both sides need to smarten up, eh? That never crossed my, or probably anyone else’s, mind. I’m so thankful we have Tomas to reveal such shocking revelations. Maybe tomorrow he can hold a press conference to let us all know that beer is good and Kate Upton is hot.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      I am the lizard king, I can do anything

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM


        Toews is tired of all the blood in the streets in the town of Chicago, he just wants to play hockey.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Nov 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        I can see the fehr’s, bettman & daly sitting in a room w a loaded gun singing…’five to one baby, one in five, no one here gets out alive’

  2. blkhwk21 - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    This comment is absolutely pointless. Every player that speaks out against this lockout is just PR, or talking to hear themselves talk. If you have something to say stop hiding behind Fuhr and stand up and say it to Bettman and the owners.

  3. id4joey - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    No. The players need to smarten up. Guaranteed the owners are much smarter businessmen than the players. Wake up guys. You re f ing loosing money that you’ll never see again. What is it that you don’t get?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      No, the owners just know they have all the leverage. They can withstand ten lost seasons and still be richer than you me, or any payer every will be. They can jerk the players around, propose absolutely insulting offers, and somehow still seem reasonable. They’re the a-holes in this but the players need to realize that they will never win no matter how long they hold out for. It’s just an all around sh*tty situation and we the fans end up feeling the brunt of it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        “…you, me, any player.” God damn vodka.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Nov 16, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        I respectfully disagree with the owners being at fault any more than the players, it seems to me like the players want an equal say (just like I do where I work) but the fact is I work there and my boss(bosses) calls the shots. Its not like the players are working for peanuts, they could take 40% of HRR and will still be 1%ers…not to mention they have the best job a man could ask for.

      • id4joey - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        And there in lies the brains, the intellect needed to assess a situation. Owners have the brains, the players have the grit. Love them or hate them, the owner’s brain builds the business, the player’s grit we love…. On the ice, that is.

  4. sportsfan69 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Mike Russo, please report the CBA proposal facts, once you review them, the fans will be very angry with the NHLPA, especially Donald Fehr. As fans, we need to hear the truth. Also, players will be ashamed of themselves along with being mislead. I think once the facts have been presented to the public, a CBA deal will be completed. The players don’t have a leg to stand on it.

  5. travishenryskid - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Fresh take. How about say something that you can control, like we, the players need to smarten up. Then people will listen. Otherwise it’s just white noise.

  6. sportsfan69 - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    It’s Friday night, I’m going out, what are you afraid of? The facts?? So, who’s suppressing Mike Ruuso from reporting the facts now. It’s not white noise. He was interviewed on Sirius today 6 PM est, with Boomer.

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