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NHL uses players’ Tweets against them in class action complaint

Dec 15, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

The NHL is exploring just about every avenue to build an argument against the NHLPA, which even includes the owners side using players’ Twitter feeds against them, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Garrioch reports that the league cited Tweets from Logan Couture, Scottie Upshall and Matt Carle in an attempt to prove that the union planned to de-certify well in advance of the anticipated move.

Fear the Fin indicates that this Couture Tweet was among the statements cited:

It’s far from the only time that players might regret what they’ve posted on the popular social network; you might recall Upshall referring to his “#lockoutproblems” among other moments.

Garrioch outlines the NHL’s larger efforts to discredit the disclaimer of interest.

There were 36 players named in the statement of claim by the league — all members of the NHLPA’s executive committee and even some draft picks — as the league went to great lengths to prove its case.

Not only were NHLPA representatives of all seven Canadian teams named in the filing, the league also included quotes from several players talking about the possibility of going the decertification route over the last couple of months.

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  1. stakex - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Hey, if the NHLPA plans to decertify in an effort to extract a better deal from the NHL… this is whats going to happen. Anyone who thought the NHL was going to lay down and beg for mercy is out of their mind. You also now see why the owners are not allowed to run their mouths about whats going on…. lose lips sink ships, or in this case the NHLPAs leverage.

    Its more and more likely the NHLPA will not only lose in court, but lose bad. Thats actually good news, since it makes it more likely they will be willing to sign a deal before the court battle even starts. Because once (if) the players lose it court, they have no leverage at all and will be pretty much forced to sign whatever deal the NHL puts in front of them.

    Again, this makes it MORE likely there will be a season…. not less.

    • sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Well put!

    • id4joey - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Professional hockey players = amateur business men. Must be a tough job baby sitting the kids. Eh!

  2. sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Oops! Yeah tweets, it can be used against you. Take the high road, is the best road. Don’t insult the owners. They didn’t become successful by accident. I hope for your sake, there merciful.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Sportsfan – one of my favorite movies and one of my favorite actors ! :)

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        Strength and honor Conrade.

      • badintent - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        Blomfeld and Sportsfan for Federal Mediators ! The hockey season will start January 13 with their wise decisions.
        P.S. I read that the tiger didn’t want to get up off Russell, it wanted to play wrestle. Th’s like 2 Shaqs on top of you. LOL !

  3. lordfletcher - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Well well Mr. Fehr, whatcha got?

    Looks like that ride into the sunset (retirement after this last labor deal) is looking a bit more gloomy these days, eh?!

  4. blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:05 PM


    Assuming the NHLPA does decertify and this does go to the courts, then Fehr’s out of a job if I’m not mistaken ? Or in other words, he’s now in the process of committing “career suicide” because all he wants is the very “best” for his beloved players ? That’s pretty noble and impressive stuff for a guy who supposedly doesn’t even like hockey ! Or is it ?

    In my September 16th analysis of this situation, I postulated among other things, that Fehr may actually be nothing more than a payed “patsy” reading from a prepared script. Granted he’s just a part in Bettman’s charade, but a “payed” part he would no doubt be. Now most everyone would agree that nothing in the world would make these owners happier than having “every” single long-term contract on their books cancelled, right ? Well lo and behold, just look what’s apparently going to happen now ! I don’t know what’s really going on anymore than the next guy. But what if Fehr was approached some years ago by Bettman to play this part ? As much as it would be dastardly and cunning, you do have to acknowledge that it would be absolutely “brilliant” if pulled off successfully !

    • sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Look at the cast, three outstanding actors. Great movie.

  5. villi5ed - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    If you shills for the NHL think that there isn’t dissension in the owners’ suites over Bettman’s
    course of action here, you are deceiving yourselves.

    The league is bewildered and dumbfounded that the NHLPA has not folded up like a cheap
    suit. And there is panic afoot ——– because the moderates will have Gary’s little tookus in a
    sling if there is no season.

    When your agenda is not merely to make an onerous, ridiculous deal with the players but also
    to destroy their leadership ……. and you fail at it? You become expendable, Gary. Touch up
    the resume, bossman.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Friend – what you say is logical enough, on the surface … yet I would submit to you that most things in life are “not” on the surface, with commercial chicanery being no exception …

      • badintent - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM

        Please run the video for “Hunt for Red October” where the old russian ambassador says ,” we are working through back channels.”Thanks

      • blomfeld - Dec 16, 2012 at 3:32 AM

        *** Special video request for Comrade Badintent ***

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        Nice selection of video- Hunt For Red October. Maybe a group of dedicated players who love the game of hockey, who have a real interest in preserving the game will end this CBA War. Everyone knows what needs to be done.

        Who’s going to save the NHLPA from themselves from their own self destruction.

    • stakex - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      There is no doubt some of the more moderate owners (or at least the ones who make a ton of money) want to see this end in a hurry… and might perhaps be unhappy at some of the NHLs positions.

      However the changes the NHL has asked for are not “ridiculous”. They actually make a lot of sense for the future of the sport, and I don’t see where this notion the NHL is trying to “destroy” Fehr is coming from. Hes the one telling the players to hold out, and thus risk the season, for a better offer… so of course the owners will try to get around him, but thats just business.

  6. jimw81 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    i feel bad for @NHLpodium

  7. sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM


    It would be the greatest heist of all time.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Sportsfan – I doubt friend if it would be the “greatest” heist of all time ? However it would certainly be an absolute “stroke of genius” on the part of Bettman, eh ? It’s funny, as right from the start when I first suggested this possibility, people were jumping all over me with the typical “as if” and “get a grip” retorts. And yet every day when you look at the news, you find it littered with similar “as if” and “get a grip” stories ? Comrade Joey has time and time again referenced the “orchestrated” bubble collapses in the stock, financial, equity, derivative and real estate markets as examples of the shameless “trickery and deceit” which abounds in our world today. And yet for doing so he receives scorn and insult ? Obviously I don’t know for certain if Fehr is a “payed” patsy whose been placed at the helm of the NHLPA in-order to ensure that Bettman’s agenda is realized. And I certainly can’t prove that, anymore than I can prove that Royal Dutch Shell has compromised the Nigerian government in-order to obtain drilling rights. But just because you can’t prove something, doesn’t mean that that something isn’t real. Absolutely “everything” Fehr has done thus far, is completely consistent with the NHLPA being destroyed and the entire league being turned upside down in favor of the owners ! So is that just the way it is ? Or is there something else going on here, which I’m suggesting that people at least consider ?

      ps: by the way, your video selections are always excellent ! :)

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:52 PM


  8. sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I wish somebody could tell the NHLPA, that there being duked by their own greed.

    Please, “No negative thoughts” Let’s have a hockey season. I miss Hockey Night Canada.

    • blomfeld - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!! :)

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    • badintent - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      Great movie, great actors, great action, great script. Wish Eastwood would make more of these flixs instead of Million Dollar Babies or Grand Torino.
      “How do you stop a Tiger ? ” shoot it in the ass. How do you stop Fehr and Bettman ?
      Shoot them in the ass………. with rock salt.

      • blomfeld - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

        Badintent – That’s an accurate observation friend, as the only way to neutralize the King Tiger more often than not, was with a shot from close range right “up the ass” where the armor belt was thinnest …

      • badintent - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

        Thank you for being the only one to know that fact. Your Mensa IQ separates you from the pack. Maybe we can get some of the Russian T-35 tanks that shot at the Kremlin building during the Russkies government meltdown with King Boris riding one and use it on the next NHLPA/OWNERS meeting.? Just thinking out loud here…….

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM

  10. onbucky96 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Why is everyone so upset? I’ve been saying this for months. Donald Fehr, shutting down professional sports leagues since 1994. This dirt bag makes Scott Boras seem like a model citizen. FIRE FEHR!

    • badintent - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      100 % RIGHT ! Fehr couldn’t carry Marvin Miller’s jock !

  11. omniusprime - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Now we see just how petty the No Hockey Ladies league is. Neither side is willing to compromise for the greater good, both sides only want it all for themselves and care nothing about the foolish fans. Only the King of the Kingdom of Idiots would want to watch this disgusting perversion of hockey after the strike is settled.

    NHL players think the directions for Head On apply to hockey sticks “Apply directly to the Forehead”!

    Na na na na, Na na na na, Hey-ey Goodbye!!! The Fat Lady is clearing her throat to sing for the end of the NHL season.

    • sunderlanding - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      Were as most other professional sports care about the fans? All any millionare, or billionare, cares about is money. Don’t fool yourself into thinking the ones who aren’t associated with the NHL are any different.

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