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Former Canucks owner: League’s recent stance “disregards the growth in the game”

Dec 11, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Arthur Griffiths

Arthur Griffiths used to own the Vancouver Canucks, but he seems to be mostly siding with the players these days, based on a recent interview with CBC.

That’s especially true now that the players have agreed to a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues, plus Make Whole back before it was taken off the table. However, the owners balked at the NHLPA’s latest proposal, in part because they firmly want player contracts to be capped at five years.

Griffiths expressed his disappointment in the meltdown of negotiations last week.

“The owners have suddenly come back to the table and found this solidarity that disregards the growth in the game,” Griffiths said. He also feels that the league’s actions ignore that some markets were beginning to show the progress they want.

Griffiths thinks that the NHL season has to start by about the second week of January at the latest, which means that a new CBA would have to be agreed to within the next two weeks. That contrasts Dan Cleary‘s prediction that the two sides still have about a month to work something out.

Griffiths said that losing the season would be a “horrible, horrible, horrible black mark on the sport” and would make it hard for the NHL to get fans back, particularly in the markets where they’re not as passionate about hockey.

The good news is Griffiths is still optimistic about the chances of the NHL and union saving the season despite the rapidly approaching deadline.

The NHL and NHLPA are set to meet again tomorrow and mediators will be present.

If you want to watch CBC’s interview with Griffiths, you can do so below:

  1. jimw81 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    i found good seats for canucks game on 1/15

    Washington Capitals vs
    Vancouver Canucks
    1/15 $14-$1902

    • blomfeld - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      With Mister KHL no longer on the Caps, I suspect those seats will be going for something closer to $14.00 than $190.00 ?

  2. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM


    Interesting piece, as I haven’t heard about Griffiths for some time. He was an excellent owner here no doubt, building a new home for the Canucks and bringing the NBA to Vancouver, etc. But man has the guy ever aged recently or what ? And what’s with Gretzky in the photo above ? He too looks like he’s really aged recently ? Anyway, this meeting tomorrow is looking good, though Griffiths is correct with his concern for the players. “Theirs” is of a perishable nature and therefore as the “fruits and vegetables” which they are, their shelf life is now starting to run out. I’m convinced that tomorrow Gary is going to say “let’s do it man” and so these players had better make sure that they don’t let Fehr get any crazy ideas !

  3. bleedingteal4life - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    The NHL is now the laughing stock of the sports world. Look out wnba, there’s a new kid in town, and that kid’s name is NHL. Hardy har har…

  4. dcent87 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Be carefull. Because with this short a season(if played), you’d most likely only see conference games. West v west/ east v east

    • blomfeld - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      “most likely only see conference games” …

      Ahem, that’s a joke right ? … of course “intra-conference” games are all we’ll get ! And it’ll probably be pretty intense hockey too, as the entire season is going to be like an extended playoff right from the get go. The only downside for us LA Kings and our WC brothers, is the fact we’ll still be doing all the long-haul traveling, while the EC teams won’t have to do any at all. That won’t matter so much during the regular season itself, however it will give an edge to the EC champ come SC Final time in June.

      • id4joey - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        blomfeld, it’s possible the season will start on dec 30 if this thing is settled this week. Yes! I wrote Dec 30, on a Sunday for NBC to air games. It will be a 56 game season.

      • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:29 AM

        Joey – 56 x games would be “just fine” thank you very much !

        In all seriousness though, I do genuinely believe that this may be it tomorrow, as I’ve again had that same vision which I previously had back in September, where I thought I saw an agreement being reached during the week of Nov 5 -10th ? Well today when I had that same vision, just like before I again saw a bunch of men in suits, laughing and signing documents, etc. This time however the picture was much more clearer to me. It was so clear in fact, that I could actually read something which was on the table where the men in suits are laughing and signing documents. That something my friend was a calendar. And can you guess just what the date was on that calendar ? … you guessed it … 12 / 12 / 12 !!!!! :)

  5. sportsfan69 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Billy Daly says, Come On Bluff Me.

    • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

  6. sportsfan69 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comrade Blomfeld,

    Thanks for the earlier massage. Little hearted humor is in order. I couldn’t embed the video for some reason.

    • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Friend … a little humor should always be included with everything ! :)

      • windmiller4 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        Except for when your humor sucks..

  7. sportsfan69 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Correction: earlier message.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      So very glad you corrected that, as it’s a mental image I really don’t need.

      • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        Back off Miracle … seriously ! :)

        Hey man, I’ve also made some strange grammatical errors here at PHT from time to time, though I’m convinced that some of those have been purposely done by “certain” NBC editors in an effort to undermine my message ? Anyway, I’m wondering if you’ve heard anything about comrade Martinez lately ? The injury he sustained was rough and so I hope he’s on the mend now.

      • thailer35 - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        You mean those grammatical errors like putting a space before punctuation constantly or using quotation marks excessively and incorrectly?

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        ^^^ lmao glad somebody else noticed. also, neither of those question marks he used followed questions.

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        The second one certainly looks like a question to me.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        it isn’t. if he said “Have you heard anything about–,” that’s a question. just stating that he’s wondering something is not a question.

  8. badintent - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Griffith was born with a big silver spoon in his mouth , his dad was a mult-millionaire. Griffith went broke building the Roger area ( with Dad’s cash),( formerly the GM place), because he didn’t know anything about construction costs and had no interest, he left the details to his yes men. He had to sell the hockey team to raise cash. The next owners were sued by the the latest owners and the soap opera began that continues to this day. He was too busy buffing a former BC Lions dancer to notice.But the hockey riots are almost as good as Montreal’s.

  9. finfan88shark - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Still waiting on any NHLPA 50/50 offer. Can you show me there 50/50 offer. Saw 2 player offers one was 57-43 and the other started at 56-44.

  10. boondocksaint7 - Dec 12, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    “Growth in the game??” The damage is done and if the NHL loses another season it will be near impossible to get the ever important “fringe fan” and vital sponsorship back!!! “Growth” is dead this is about damage control after another pathetic disaster!

  11. acieu - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    In preparing to sacrifice my virgin goat to Thor for a hockey settlement. I studied its entrails in the Roman tradition. They tell the soothsayer that if they don’t settle now the season will be lost.

  12. manchestermiracle - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    If a lost season is “horrible, horrible, horrible” then they’re at two horribles now and quickly approaching the third…

  13. proudliberal85392 - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    In blomfeld we trust!

  14. 127taringa - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Didnt this guy learn anything since he had to sell his team?

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