Skip to content

Halischuk: “No one likes to miss paychecks”

Nov 17, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

Matt Halischuk Getty Images

We’re already in the third month of this lockout, but it could go much longer.

In an endurance battle, it’s easy to assume that the owners have the edge. Many of them made their wealth outside of hockey and can survive without the NHL. In addition, they are in a better position to think long-term while the players that can only survive in the NHL as long as their bodies will let them.

All the same, the players haven’t changed their tune even as the lockout costs them paycheck after paycheck.

“I think I feel more upset that we’re missing out on what we could be doing,” Nashville Predators defenseman Hal Gill said, according to the Tennessean. “Obviously you want to make a paycheck, but for the most part we want to be playing hockey. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be. That’s a frustrating thing. Not much we can do about it right now. We have to stand up for what we believe in and we have to stick it out and hopefully it doesn’t last too much longer.”

Gill is technically in the first season of his two-year, $4 million contract. He’ll turn 38 in April, so it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that this contract is his last.

His teammate Matt Halischuk is facing a very different situation. He was scheduled to make $825,000 this season, but at the age of 24 he’ll have to deal with the repercussions of the next CBA more than most.

“No one likes to miss paychecks,” Halischuk said, “but at the end of the day we’re looking to get a fair deal.”

Of course, it’s easy to voice a belief, but it’s harder to stick too it. We’ll see if the increasing threat of losing the season eventually causes the players — or the owners for that matter — to move from their current positions.

Related:

Report: Based on NHL charts, league thinks gap might be over $1 billion

Kaberle: Both sides need to smarten up

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

Latest Posts
  1. PHT Morning Skate: Tallon loves Ekblad’s hands

    Jul 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dale Tallon Getty Images

    That and all the links to start your day.

  2. Capuano cautious about reuniting Kulemin/Grabovski

    Jul 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Jack Capuano Getty Images

    He does know what the advanced stats say though.

  3. Blues sign Welsh, Prosser to one-year deals

    Jul 21, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Nate Prosser Getty Images

    More depth for a Stanley Cup hopeful.

  4. Columnist: Character issues make Jets’ Kane a bad fit for Predators

    Jul 21, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Evander Kane Getty Images

    Trade rumors around the Jets star never stop swirling.

  5. New Pens coach flying to Russia to meet with Malkin

    Jul 21, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    Mike Johnston, Jim Rutherford, Rick Tocchet AP

    Mike Johnston is going out of his way to know his players.

  6. Vanek connected to federal gambling investigation

    Jul 21, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

    Thomas Vanek AP

    But hasn’t been charged with a crime.

  7. Draisaitl: ‘My goal is to play in the NHL next year’

    Jul 21, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

    Leon Draisaitl Getty Images

    Edmonton’s 2014 first-round pick wants to stick around right away.

  8. Blackhawks waiting on Hayes as signing deadline approaches

    Jul 21, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Hayes Getty Images

    He becomes an unrestricted free agent if he isn’t signed by Aug. 15.

  9. Habs sign ’14 first-rounder Scherbak to entry-level deal

    Jul 21, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

    NikitaScherbak AP

    (He’s the tall one in the middle.)

  10. Return that toaster: Ovechkin-Kirilenko engagement broken off

    Jul 21, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Ovi-Kirilenko

    “There are many reasons, but I do not want to go into details,” she said in a statement.

  11. Kreider requests $2.8 million for salary aribtration

    Jul 21, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    Chris Kreider AP

    The Rangers countered with a two-year deal at $2.05M per.

  12. Sobotka gets one-year, $2.7M deal from arbitrator, will play in KHL next season

    Jul 21, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

    NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: Vladimir Sobotka #17 of the St. Louis Blues takes the puck in the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on January 21, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

    “We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL,” said GM Doug Armstrong.

  13. Parenteau says Avs didn’t have a plan for him

    Jul 21, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    paandroy AP

    Things apparently went sour with Patrick Roy.

  14. PHT Morning Skate: Dancing with Kane and Toews

    Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane AP

    Monday’s assortment of links.

  15. Leafs believe Nylander is as good as advertised

    Jul 20, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    2014 NHL Draft - Portraits Getty Images

    Will he manage to make the team right away?

  16. Blackhawks talk up 2015 Winter Classic

    Jul 20, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    Brent Seabrook, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews AP

    They know their outdoor games.

Featured video

Bettman hears the boos in Philly
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (1834)
  2. D. Roy (1589)
  3. M. Ribeiro (1446)
  4. D. Cleary (1436)
  5. R. Nash (1423)
  1. V. Sobotka (1315)
  2. B. Dubinsky (1308)
  3. B. Morrow (1300)
  4. L. Stempniak (1183)
  5. P. Subban (1118)