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Alfredsson, Don Cherry differ on whether players should vote on owners’ offer

Dec 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Can the NHLPA’s rank-and-file members to ask for a vote on the owners’ latest offer? Of course, says Daniel Alfredsson, but he doesn’t think it would be a good idea.

“I hope it doesn’t happen because I don’t think most of the players feel there is a deal to get done for us right now,” Alfredsson said, according to the Ottawa Sun.

Alfredsson isn’t clear on the mechanics of how the purely theoretical vote would take place.

“I’m sure they would have a conference call with the board they have all the time with all the player reps and get a concensus,” said Alfredsson. “But, where we are now, I can’t see us being close to that point.”

They might not be, but Don Cherry thinks they should hold that vote, and make a secret ballot.

“If you take a show of hands you’re not going to say nay if the guy in front says yay,” Cherry argued. “Guys don’t want to look like a chicken and caving into the NHL.

“If the vote says we carry on with the fight we carry on the war. If the vote says let’s accept the offer, accept it. Majority rules I think that’s the way it should be. With a secret ballot you have nothing to lose!”

It might be a moot point because the owners took all of their recent concessions off the table on Thursday. With that in mind, there might not be anything to vote on anymore.

For now, it looks like both sides are more focused on taking a few days to cool off after Thursday’s dramatics.

  1. valoisvipers - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I agree with Grapes, let the players have a secret ballot vote, you know, like democracy.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      A secret ballot would be great. And id bet money more players would have accepted their latest proposal than not. However this can never happen. The players already turned it down by counteroffering, cant show such dissention like that, and cant accept an offer thats not really on the table. It would destroy the NHLPAs position and any bargaining strength they have left. But at least we would have hockey now wouldnt we?

  2. acieu - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Now I am in panic mode. Don Cherry and I agree on something. I may need to reassess

  3. eyeh8goodell - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    It’s cute that some people think that the NHL has offered “concessions” of things they never had in the first place.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      eyeh8goodell Maybe you should ask Ted Lindsey what the NHL had in the first place.

  4. desertfan - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Moot point- the NHL has withdrawn all offers so nothing to vote on!!!

  5. cspsrbums - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    What are the players suppose to vote on they never had a complete agreement forwarded to them they are fighting on sticking points not contract as a whole.

    Listen to Matheu Schneiders interview on TSN. The owners keep giving the players their last final offer many time, it started with the whole provision ,player gave 93 mil to 300 mil split with that offer the owners wanted 5 year CBA. Players agreed
    They go back to meet and owner say they now want 6 year CBA and 5 year contract lengths. Every time the player have not agree completely with their offer the owners take their ball and run for a few days.
    Owners make another best final offer 8 year CBA now it’s at ten, as it changed again at every meeting up trill last week and then an owner says if Fehr is at the table well leave. The players offered 8 year contract lengths and with no more then a 25% difference in pay from year to year so you can’t front load a contract. The owners picked up their ball and ran again
    Why are you going to change contract length when the last 7 years had a different SC winner and last year and 8th seed team wins the SC and you have record revenue coming in,the contract lengths have been keeping the star players with their teams which make the teams more balanced. Don’t blame the players they are being strong armed by the owners the owners locked them out that is why we’re not playin

  6. id4joey - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Valoisvipers, you’re right. Let the players vote. My sources say that less than 10 percent of NHL players have contracts that exceed 4 years. Why is this point an issue with the players?

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      “Why is this point an issue with the players?” …

      Friend, the reason is simple … that top 10% are the people driving the NHLPA bus, while the 90% are nothing more than hapless passengers …

  7. cspsrbums - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Id4 what do you want them to vote on that one piont they have not been offered a complete CBA just parts that get added to every time they go back

  8. wsphloyd - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Get your FIRE BETTMAN T-SHIRTS and more at

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

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      Get your “BETTMAN RULES” t-shirts and more at …

  9. cspsrbums - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    That’s right sign a 10 year CBA so when the business changes for the + or even the future NHLer won’t have any say for the next decade for some that’s their whole career That Nice

  10. mungman69 - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    I spent about $4,000 last year to watch live hockey. I’m going to buy a new car, screw em.

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      good move friend … just make sure it’s an American car, as according to the news yesterday, it sounds like Detroit now needs all the help it can get !

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