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NHLPA hands players $10K stipends

Dec 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby AP

The NHLPA gave the go-ahead to hand players $10K stipends on Saturday, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward.

This comes at a strategic time, as Sportsnet’s Jesse Spector points out that the players missed what would have been the fourth paycheck of the season on Friday.

That $10K will help – especially for players who are unlikely to make significant amounts overseas thanks to insurance costs – although escrow payments  likely made the biggest difference for those collecting little to nothing.

The NHLPA is still mulling over the league’s offer to meet without Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman, so developments like these could make a big difference for guys who haven’t been saving as much as they should.

Some look at this from a grimmer perspective, including’s Joe Haggerty.

  1. antkowiak666 - Dec 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM


    • aklolzer - Dec 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      LOUD NOISES!!!

  2. orangeandblack67 - Dec 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Again I must shake my head. The players have just received 10k for what??? For over spending when times were good, for ceasing to find common ground with their EMPLOYERS or was it just simply cause they NEED it ( HA). I am part of a union and you know what I got when I was out of work? Two months of unpaid and unwanted vacation. These guys need a reality check, both them and the owners. I don’t want to sound like I’ve been eating sour grapes but this lockout is making me more and more sick. Unfortunately I am one of those fans that won’t hesitate to tune in whenever this thing gets settled.

    • daburghdabest - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      1. LOCKOUT, not a strike.

      2. Ceasing to find common ground? They had common ground, it was the CBA the owners who are locking them out wanted so badly during the last lockout. The one the players were willing to play under in the very season that is locked out now.

      3. Over spending when times were good? What the hell does that even mean? Do you mean salary wise, cause that comes from GM’s after owners sign off on the contract. Or do you have a problem with them living a life within their means? orangeandblack? More like orangeandCRACK.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 2, 2012 at 3:43 AM

        Common ground as in getting a 50/50 split, like they should be getting. The NHL is no better than the NBA and NFL and they both redid their CBAs last year to funny a 50/50 split. Why else would the owners first initial offer of 43% was made? Meeting in the middle from 57% and 43% is funny 50%.

        I am guessing him/her saying spending when times are good, I’m guessing that person is talking about the players not saving as much of their money as they should have. Now when the pay checks aren’t coming in, they are relying on the stipend to get by. I’m telling the longer this goes on, the more likely we are going to have a Bryant McKinnie situation were some idiot is going to take out a payday loan and won’t be able to pay it back because they won’t skate another minute in the NHL.

    • eyeh8goodell - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Orange and black must be a Philly fan… surprise. If you’ve paid attention at all (and it’s clear you have not), then you would have known for some time that the 10K checks were coming and that there will be a series of these checks…..something this article fails to mention. This money comes from a fund that all the players paid into in making financial preparations for the lockout they knew was coming. After all, this is an old hat negotiating tactic for the owners. So they planned accordingly. Don’t read anything into it more than that. The players are fine.

      And anybody who compares NHL players to their NBA/NFL counterparts is a simpleton at best. Did you see any NHL players on ESPN’s doc “Broke”? Nope. You see any on MTV Cribs? Nope. You hear of any of them needing “lockout loans”? Nope. You see any of them with 10 man entourages? Nope. You see any of them living in huge mansions that they can’t afford? Nope. You any of them sporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bling? Nope. You see any of them having a Bentley for every day of the week? Nope. You see any of them getting in trouble with the courts for not paying child support to multiple baby mamas? Nope. Your comparisons are retarded.

      And finally, the players are the ONLY ONES who have given in these negotiations. The owners have not made a single move toward the players. It’s been “my way or the highway”. And many players have chosen the highway……and good for them. Because another difference between these leagues is that many of the players have options. The NBA/NFL players did not.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        Haggerty never lets the facts get in the way of the story he wants to tell.

  3. ducksk - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Yep, and I got my pension stripped, health insurance taken away and told if I didn’t like it to go somewhere else. Who the hell do they think they are? The tail does not wag the dog. Welcome to the real business world, where the1% rule the world. Like it or not, always have, always will. Take the best offer, eat some pride or move to Ruskie or Europe and stay there. What about the players and the families they put out if work. in 3 years between the guys that walk the line and the next generation of great ones we will be saying ovi who?

    • daburghdabest - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Thanks for sharing your xenophobic garbage with the rest of us.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      You should have spent more time working on power skating as a kid and maybe you’d have options

  4. orangeandblack67 - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    First of all i was not on strike daburgh. Secondly my comment on over spending was directed at those who make 500,000 (NHL rookie base salary) or more and cry about not being able to afford insurance. Oh and that play on my user name; BRILLIANT

    • eyeh8goodell - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      And which NHL players, exactly, have lamented not being able to afford insurance? Post names and links to quotes.

  5. General Lee 1175 - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    flyers and pens … like them kissing cousins

  6. sportsfan69 - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    NBA Players smart
    NFL Players smart
    MLB Players smart
    NHL Players dumb

    That sums it up.

  7. ducksk - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Dear dar. Enjoy your “entitled govt. job”. You socialist. What’s a Xenophob? I’m proud to be one!

    • eyeh8goodell - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Better look under your bed and in your closet tonight before bed because one of them socialists might be waiting to strike! And don’t turn off that Fox News whatever you do! Is that you Allen West?

  8. orangeandblack67 - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Wow, that was the most senseless comment I have read on sports talk ever. I would like to know how you would back up that DUMB comment.

  9. matt8204 - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    $10,000 each, eh? You sure Mitt Romney didn’t lose a bet with all of them?

  10. acieu - Dec 1, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Place a bet with he 10k that the NHL season will be cancelled and get a decent payday with the win.

  11. dprouse - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Make no mistake – some of these guys will be feeling the pinch right about now. If you just started making the big money, and you went out and expanded your lifestyle very quickly (new home, vacation property, high end cars, boat…) you may not have a lot of cash on hand right now. The NHL knows this, which is why they are squeezing the NHLPA so hard.

    It was at about this point in 2004, in fact, when Goodenow made his famous 24% rollback announcement. He was feeling the heat from his membership, and right about now Fehr is facing the same questions, guaranteed. Goodenow told his members that at the end of the day, the NHL would never cancel the Stanley Cup playoffs. Well, they did, so Fehr will soon be facing a membership more nervous and agitated than they were eight years ago. Fun times – this is going to get worse before it gets better, I’m afraid…

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