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Poll: Is now a good time for players to be tweeting pictures like this with the hashtag #lockoutproblems?

Dec 7, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

One day after the most explosive day of the NHL lockout…



  1. zetaone - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM


    • teamobijuan - Dec 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      The billionaire owners need to tweet some even better 1st world pics.

  2. stangz11 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Just goes to show that the big-money players are living it up carefree while the depth players suffer through all of this. They should be ashamed of themselves..

    • crosberries - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Prust big money player????

      • f2maestro - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        No, Prust is not a big money player (yet). He would have been much closer to that title had the lockout not happened.

      • id4joey - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        F en a right he his a big money player. 10 million over the next 4 years. Scored 5 goals last year and had 12 assists. If you don’t call this big money, then you have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • crosberries - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        I looks like your the only idiot who didn’t get that joey not my fault the Canadians way overpaid like they do for everything.

      • id4joey - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        crosberries, you taking to me? Can you try English?

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      All these guys make really good money, it seems like your problem is they make more than you do. Grow up and stop being a selfish baby.

      • zetaone - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Talking about the players and not calling THEM the selfish babies? Good one.

  3. ewoods6 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM



  4. jernster21 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    These idiots need to shut the hell up. They can take shots at the owners all they want but they’re forgetting the money generated from ticket sales is where their pay checks come from. The NHL teams don’t have the luxury of operating merely off TV contract revenue among other things – the FANS pay the bills and I’m sick of their entitled bullsh*t.

    • dsmaxsucks - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      So where does the owner’s hockey money come from? Oh, yeah, the fans. And where else can hockey players play hockey? Oh, yeah, lots of places. It seems you’re the one spouting entitled bullsh*t, what with your illness and all things Bettman.

      It is the owners who have much more to lose with their hardline tactics. They paid for franchises and stadiums and inventories and mistresses and the like and they don’t get that money back if there is no league. How hard is it to drop the N from NHL and just start another league. I presume you’ll still pay to go watch the owner sit in a luxury box, but I’ll just be waiting for NBC to sign a TV contract with a European league. Players can go anywhere.

      • jernster21 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        You think there are enough rich people out there ready to start a 20-30 team league if the NHL folds? Hell, even 5 teams for that matter? No way. The majority of the owners (those with significant majority ownership) aren’t being hurt by this. NHL teams don’t make anyone rich minus maybe the top 5 in the league, the other owners are already rich. You figure the average team maybe profits 5 million a year if they’re lucky – that’s not much when all said and done in my opinion. The players are spoiled and the NHL does everything first class – let them go play elsewhere, I don’t give a sh*t – they’re the ones who are coming back from overseas waiting out the lockout because the playing conditions are crap everywhere else except the NHL. You think even hardcore fans would follow a big European hockey league where they’re showing games in the afternoon while everyone is at work? No, sorry, not gonna happen. The NHL is the best league in the world and they are still last in all major sports in America – if there’s no major pro hockey in the US it’s not the end of the world. Those NHL “superstars” will go from stardom to peon in no time.

      • travishenryskid - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        You think these players can go play elsewhere and live even close to the lifestyle they have? No other league makes 1/10th the revenue of the NHL, and if teams are hurting here, what do you think will happen there? Come on, a little common sense. And if you think these owners made there money in hockey, well, facepalm.

    • trick9 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      1. This is a lockout, not a strike.

      2. Owners were once again the ones that pulled out of the negotiations. If they feel the players offer wasn’t acceptable then negotiate, don’t just listen to Jacobs and run away as fast as you can. Neither Prust of Upshall were part of these latest negotiations so they have every right to post pictures like that considering that its because of the owners that they aren’t negoating currently.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      You people have no idea what you’re talking about. There are several other pro leagues here in the states and owners and players are more than able to survive off of the revenue generated.

      Talk to guys who have played over in Europe, it’s actually quite enjoyable and really nice. Tax free paychecks, free housing, free car, free beers at local bars.

  5. thailer35 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I think Lebrun said it best: “What should have been a fairly doable mathematical adjustment this past summer has transformed into perhaps the most ridiculous labor impasse in the history of pro sports.

    Honestly, I can’t wrap my head around this one.”

  6. stakex - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    All this shows is that the players can walk away from their multi-million dollar contracts without a care in the world. Oh, and how out of touch they really are. I’ll say this much, while there is plenty of blame to go around… I don’t see too many owners “happy” that there is no deal in place today. In fact it sounds like Bettman, Daly, and the owners are quite pissed off right now… which is how anyone who wants the lockout to end should feel. Too many players acting like its no big deal, at least in public.

    I hope the owners really star playing hardball with these guys. I don’t care if the season is lost… the owners should keep the make-whole money off the table for good, ask for a 55/45 split instead of 50/50 (players blew their shot at that IMO), and not budge on one single contract demand. Oh and to top it off…. all transitional costs will come out of the players share. Then we’ll see come July if the players are still acting like they somehow have an upper hand in all this when they come back on their hands and knees begging for something close to the deal that was on the table this week.

    • trick9 - Dec 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      Owners of the teams like Leafs, Rangers, Bruins and Penguins wouldn’t be too happy about that idea. I get it that Jacobs is the biggest voice behind this lockout but even he wouldn’t be happy with that.

      If owners start demanding for 55/45 towards them the players will quickly get everyone behind them and then we are looking for 60/40 and no salary cap from the players side. Not to mention all the contract rights the owners want to change, would stay the same. I mean after all, so far owners haven’t given up a single thing from that last CBA, all have been off the players.

      Again not to mention the fact that NHL would lose its revenues from NBC once they would realise that this lockout is going to last over 2 seasons, then quickly you are looking at every sponsor leaving, and suddenly NHL no longer exists.

  7. bspray - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    This is not a strike initiated by the players, they are locked out by the owners. This is essentially a temporary layoff. I don’t see a problem with sending a message to the people they’re negotiating with letting them know that life is not so bad. Is it supposed to hurt their negotiating stance? They didn’t lock themselves out…

  8. ibieiniid - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    i don’t think it’s an issue of when they post it. nobody likes a rich d-bag bragging on twitter at any point in time.

    you’re rich, we get it. just play your round and enjoy it without shoving it in millions of jobless peoples’ faces. although i didn’t really expect anything more sympathetic from Prust.

  9. bloominoctober - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I think more appropriate tweets would read:

    @tickettaker: Yet another day I can’t feed my family. #lockoutproblems

    @concessionworker: Do I pay the gas or electric bill this month? #lockoutproblems

    @parkingattendant: Water’s getting shut off this week. What to do? #lockoutproblems

  10. capsfan19 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    What pisses me off about this is two things:
    1.) i thought ALL the players were so “caring” of the fans?
    2.) if they REALLY wanted to play they wouldnt be dickin around and would seriously get on board with something.

    Now i realize that was extremely broad and general, but i am pissed off so take it as you will.
    In my mind its almost like playing hookey or calling out of work and having your teacher/ boss see this and say “WTF”.
    Its almost like some players will just kick back and let the world go by until this lockout go away.
    Where is this hockey work ethic im so used to seeing now? “OHH YEA WELL ILL WAIT TIL GARY GETS IT DONE AAYY” (canadian accent).
    Bums, freaking bums. And the ultimate worst is i’ll come crawling back once its on. But i will not be buying merchandise and really reconsidering buying a ticket to a game when it does come back.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Grow up, this is their job. They aren’t playing for glory in beer leagues

  11. myroncopesflask - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    What is a locked out employee supposed to do? Sit in a dark room listening to REM’s “Everybody hurts” crying .. If I was a hockey player who is smart enough to manage my money the right way i would treat this like a long vacation also. Its better than the so called union members that just go overseas and steal someone else’s paycheck.

    • wethog66 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      What is a locked employee supposed to do? How about do all he/she can to get their job back instead of tweeting pictures of paradise while they get a pedicure?

  12. id4joey - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    His talent doesn’t justify 2.5 million per year. But, more power to him if his agent was able to get that last summer, which was according to the demand at the time. And good for him if he’s enjoying life while the big shots are in NY negotiating. He should be kissing Bettman’s ass for creating a market that allowed him that contract in Montreal.

  13. rabidbillsfan - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    I find it funny when “Pro-Player” commentors say the players are “More prepared this time around to wait out the owners”. How do you rationally say that? Players, as of right now, are not earning a paycheck. They get sums of money from other outlets, but those are few and far between. They have property taxes, insurance, misc. bills, etc. that all of that eats out of, they have no steady income. Owners, let me start by saying that most are billionaires, have an arena that can host multiple other events. Lacrosse, AFL games, AHL games, Monster trucks, Disney on ice, concerts, weddings, catering events, comedy shows, the list goes on. Sure, they have operating payroll but that more than liekly is cut in half with half of the event schedule gone. All in all, the owners will last 100x longer than any single player will. It may sound like I’m “Pro-owner”, but I could really care less, but the delusional people that honestly think that the owners are the ones hurting really need to come out from under their collective rocks and read a book or watch the news. I do think that both parties are prepared to lose the season, but after that, all my betting money goes to the owners. Look at the NFL and how many guys, who make 2 to 3 times more than NHL players, took out lockout loans and had trouble paying them back even after the season was saved! Look at it this way, 100 players may be able to survive on their reputation and getting a shot in the foreign leauges, the other 300+? Yeah, hope they have a college education. Which also brings up another point that bugs me, why put players in a room with 0 negotiating expierence with Owners who do this every day, and how many of them made their, again, billions. Maybe the agents should get in on these, explain the fine print and all. Example: Derek Roy tweeting a picture of his ferrari or Prust his “scenic” adventures vs. Terry Pegula spending Millions on a city enhancement project… Yeah, the players will be fine…

  14. myroncopesflask - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    If you think the players or owners care about the fans you are very naive and need to wake up. The extent in which either party cares about the fans is how much they can bilk out of each and every one of us.

    The owners and players are very aware of the idea that haockey fans love hockey and it is a way of life for us. They know damn well that we just love the game and will come back like the sheep that we are.

  15. martysbetter - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM


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