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Brouwer accuses Caps teammates Hamrlik and Neuvirth of “selling us out”

Nov 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Troy Brouwer Getty Images

This godforsaken NHL lockout is tearing the Washington Capitals apart.

OK, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but Caps forward Troy Brouwer did have some harsh words for teammates Roman Hamrlik and Michal Neuvirth after the former questioned the leadership of NHLPA chief Donald Fehr and the latter suggested the work stoppage was “about several superstars with big contracts.”

On Thursday, Brouwer told the Washington Post that it was hard to hear Hamrlik and Nuevirth question the union’s direction as neither player has even been to a meeting or on a conference call.

Brouwer also wonders how the pair’s remarks will affect the way he sees them as teammates.

“For me, I think those guys selling us out, being selfish like that and making those comments…” he said. “Me being on their team, how am I going to trust them as a teammate from now on? Because you know they’re not going to support players in the big scheme of things when you go and you play on the team with them; it’s going to be tough to want to back those guys from now on.”

Meanwhile, Caps defenseman Karl Alzner wasn’t quite so apoplectic.

“The first thought that came into my head is knowing Roman and knowing what he’s like,” Alzner told the Calgary Herald. “I just had to laugh. Roman’s the kind of guy that just takes it as it comes. He says what’s on his mind. Whether he thinks it through all the time is another story. He just says it. If he doesn’t like practice, he lets you know. If he doesn’t like what you did in the game, he lets you know. I think it’s just frustration setting in.”

  1. zetaone - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Well if there’s no season, at least the players can get second jobs as soap opera stars.

  2. kiopta1 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    They need to start working on their dramatic stare at the camera look.

  3. kiopta1 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Watched a replay of the 2002 Stanley cup finals and realized how much I will miss the NHL when college football is over. It will be painful. That was also the year a great rivalry died (wings vs avalanche).

  4. acieu - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Another one of the NHLPA coolaid drinkers. Fourth liner who has all of the answers

    • valoisvipers - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Heros= Hamrlik,Neuvirth
      Zeros= Brouwer,Versteeg,Cole

      • ibieiniid - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Brouwer is better and more respectable than both Hamrlik and Neuvirth

    • desertfan - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Sorry – check your info- 1 st liner!!!!

  5. id4joey - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Well! Like I said before, won’t be a nice atmosphere in the caps locker room. And Ovi doesn’t have the leadership to rally the boys. It’s going to be a rough start for Oates.

    • stakex - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      I dont think anyone will be able to rally these guys… there seems to be some serious hate in Brouwers words.

  6. id4joey - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Jason, don’t under estimate your read on the situation. The caps are going to be a divided team.

  7. blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM


    I don’t know much about this guy, yet it’s obvious he’s got to be a bona fide “grade A” idiot ! Oh sure Brouwer, go after someone like Hamrlik who has the courage to say it like it is, eh ? Yet “mum’s the word” eh when it comes to the biggest back-stabber of them all, your big captain man “me stay in KHL” Ovechkin ? What a gutless act of “cowardice” and what a complete ! It’s obvious that the Capitals do indeed have a problem on their hands, as the writer here alludes to. And therefore it would be prudent for them to deal with the likes of Brouwer and Ovechkin post haste !

    • zetaone - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Except Brouwer actually had a cohesive thought and laid it out pretty well. He didn’t just sling mud to sling mud like the other two did.

      • valoisvipers - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        I wonder what Brouwer’s teammates now think about Brouwer and his mouth?
        Maybe just maybe more players share Hammer’s view than Brouwer realizes.
        I hope the fans show Hammer and Neuvirth some love and appreciation when the game returns.

      • somekat - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        I’m not sure what teh “cohesive thought” was? Was it the fact that if they don’t like the way the union runs things, and they saysomething about it, they then can’t be tusted in the locker room? That’s basically the sentiment I got out of it, and if that is what you consider a “cohesive thought”, you should be on Fehr’s staff

      • zetaone - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Because what he is saying is mostly true. The other two shouldn’t have said what they said, the way they said it. If they had problems, they needed to go to the Fehr brothers, or other players internally in the meetings, not to reporters. They’ve supposedly never even been to any meetings or phone conferences says the article.

      • blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        @zetazone – fair enough … however Ovechkin shouldn’t be threatening his own employer and devoted fans with abandonment … that alone has to be the biggest disappointment of this lockout so far … someone in his position simply doesn’t make threats like that !

  8. duster1982 - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    So not accepting a deal for the health and stability of the league isnt selfish?? Pot meet kettle…

  9. ron05342 - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Meanwhile, Kings players have not said a word.

    Just patiently waiting for the season to start, and get their second cup.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      One thing that the lockout has done is allow the Kings ample time to get over any Stanley Cup hangover. Good for the Kings,and their fans as they had a great playoff run last year.

    • blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Yes indeed Ron, our Kings have remained quiet and “at the ready” … the way it “ought” to be …

      • ron05342 - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        Ha ha, judging from the thumbs ups and downs, most fans are very scared of the Kings repeating.

        Note to followers: pressing the thumbs up or down isn’t going to grant your wish that the Kings fall this year. Back-to-back baby! 😉

  10. rockthered1286 - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I love when people make mountains out of mole hills… You’re seeing a backup goalie and an ancient, past prime defender saying get it done no matter what. Is that suprising? No because they don’t have these monster contracts on the line. If they were actually in their prime and worth a damn they wouldn’t be complaining at all about the unions motives. And Brower is right- any leverage they had as a union? This is counter productive and giving the NHL a sense of “wow players are starting to cave lets hold out.” So congrats fellas. 95% of the union now hates you.

    • stakex - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      A couple things:

      1. The players union has no leverage. Thats why the players ALWAYS lose CBA fights in pro sports.

      2. Most of the players in the NHLPA aren’t super stars with massive deals “on the line”. There are a lot more players with situations like Hamrlik and Neuvirth then there are guys like Crosby and Ovechkin. So you better believe 95% of the union doesn’t hate these guys… its more likely that 50-70% of the union actually agrees with them but is afraid to say anything since the show is run by a handful of very very rich super stars who just need more.

      3. On the subject of contracts “on the line”, don’t be so over dramatic. No ones contract is on the line. At worst, with absolutely no “make whole” provision, the players would give up 13% of their contract. Do you honestly feel bad for a guy making $10 million “only” getting $8.7 million instead?

      And the number isn’t even that low anymore since the owners offered to “make whole” most of the lost money from going to a 50/50 split in year one. Which means the players are dragging this out over 3-5% of their huge contracts.

      …and guys who just want to end this and get back on the ice are the “selfish” ones? What a joke that is.

      • dyrdom77 - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        agree 100%

      • blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        well put Stakex !

    • somekat - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Hammer and the “backup goalie” didn’t say anything the owners didn’t already know. Do you think they were in an office, having a meeting, about to cave, saw these quotes and said “hey, NOW we got them, tear up that deal!” The owners know the situation much better than any player (i don’t care how many meetings or conference calls they attended)

      It’s funny how speaking your opinion makes “95% of the union hate you”. If that is the case, why would anyone want to become a member of the NHLPA? Just a picture perfect example of why unions are going the way of the dinosaur. They’ve been useless for 40 years, the only thing that keeps them around are the bribes and payoffs. There WAS a time where unions were a great thing, now they are as corrupt as the people they were supposed to be stopping

  11. rockthered1286 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Zetaone is spot on. They may have a group within the union that agrees with them, but with the union comes proper protocol in which things are discussed internally not to the media to stir up a s*** storm which is exactly what they’re doing. And they know it. And I understand it’s a small group with big contracts compared to the bulk who are 1-2 years at a time but guess who is bringing in revenue? I’ll give you a hint- I’m not going to games to watch Neuvy hurt riding pine and buying a Hamrlik jersey. If the owners signed these contracts knowing damn well that this was coming? They need to honor it and realize who fans are coming to see (ask Teddy how empty Verizon center was prior to Ovi).

  12. broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Another uneducated moron making another stupid comment. Hey Troy you’re paid by me to entertain me. Get back to work or go entertain the Russians like Ovi (whom you don’t bother to call out for his stay in Russia comment). I think the owners should fire the whole NHLPA. If they want to sign new deals great. If not have fun in Siberia!

  13. mattmc20 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Ask hostess what they think of unions (unions just cost 18,500 people their jobs.) Growing up in Michigan I know all about the impact of unions. The UAW single handedly built then tore down the auto industry. Unions start with great intent to protect and keep safe those involved. However, after time they have gained so much they stop caring about the people and just about the union. No longer are members…members, instead they become revenue streams and the union could care less who provides it as long as it is provided.

    This is why the NHLpA could care less about the older players or 4th liners. What is their revenue production to the union? Older players don’t make enough and are about to be done, 4th liners are of little income for the union. The Union is only about those $40 million plus guys who make a TON for the NHLPA.

    There is no concern for all players…what a naive thought.

    This is a few people in control of all with little regard but for few. Just like ALL unions!

  14. bills4 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Gimme a break players, get back on the ice, collect your millions and shut up!

  15. 1clumsybear - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Time to fire Bettman and disband NHL.

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