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Video: Chimera calls league’s actions Thursday “absurd” and “childish”

Dec 7, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

After the CBA talks collapsed on Thursday, Jason Chimera sounded like a someone trying to keep a level head about the process.

Chimera still thinks the two sides are close and was surprised by the NHL’s harsh reaction to the players decision not to fully concede to the owners over the remaining issues. He also believes that the league rejecting the union’s offer via voicemail was “childish” and the NHL’s decision to pull everything off the table and stop talking was “absurd.”

You can watch his full comments below:

From the owner’s perspective, they made concessions over the week under the condition that the players conceded three key areas to the league. Those points included contract lengths, which deputy commissioner Bill Daly claimed was “the hill we’ll die on” in reference to how firm the NHL is in its stance.

The NHL was waiting for the union to either accept or reject the owner’s demands on those key points and Bettman pulled the league’s recent concessions off the table when the union instead responded with a counter-offer.


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  1. husky2score - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Jason, as a big Caps fan I love ya, but adjectives don’t help.

  2. stangz11 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    This kind of stuff from the players has to stop. Just sit down and negotiate, quit firing shots across the bow

    • trick9 - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:58 AM

      How do you negotiate when other party is acting like spoiled childs? ”If we don’t get what we want then there is no point negotiating”

  3. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Of course Chimera did, because if he didn’t take that view the only other view is that his labor leader is a selfish, manipulative jerk who not only used one of his most recognizable NHLPA members but that member’s positive relationship with his owner as a bargaining tool.

    And let’s just say for moment all of that is fair in negotiations………….OK, In doing so he also messed with our hopes of getting a deal done. BUT, more importantly perpetuated the stalemate which has everyday people out of work who would be working in arenas right now as we speak.

  4. dcfan4life - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Clearly Fehr sent out an email saying “hey guys, man do we look bad, help us out, speak up and support the NHLPA because man this dissention looks bad and effects our negotiating”. Yet no player has said anything any true fan believes. Not after Fehr was pubicly shown telling players that they should hold out for more…

    • zetaone - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      I thought the same exact thing!! It feels totally phony. I thought I was the only one.

  5. dadawg77 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    You do realize that tweet was walked back today. Abradt said he took it out of context and his didn’t say what he tweeted out

  6. blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    The KINGS Rule !!! :) :) :)

    • AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:04 AM

      jewfeld from can-uh-duh = bandwagon kings “fan”

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        A racist from the south, what a shock. Some stereotypes have a basis in reality. Bet you like “re-enacting” moments in Nazi history, too.

      • AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        Racist means I’d make a derogatory comment about his “Race” or skin color , not his “Religion” , guess I struck a nerve ?, besides Dumbfeld, how many accounts do you have anyways? nobody ever defends on on this site .

  7. matt8204 - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    The Mayans were right…12/21 is the end. Not for the world, just for the NHL.

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:28 AM

      Something is “definitely” going to happen friend on December 21st, though I doubt if it’s NHL related ? It’s more likely to be of a somewhat more “profound” nature, perhaps like a galactic meteor strike or something ? 😦

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        The only thing that will happen on 12/21 will be the usual drunken Friday night stupidity. The Mayans simply happened to reach that date at the end of their long-count calendar. Nothing more, nothing less. If they had been as prescient as so many like to believe, why didn’t they do something about their own demise? This whole early-civilization version of Y2K is as stupid as astrology, numerology, and Tom Cruise’s “religion.”

  8. wsphloyd - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM


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    It’s the third lockout under Gary Bettman’s reign!!!! Time for him to go!!!

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

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