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Chara wants off the lockout’s emotional roller coaster

Dec 16, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

Zdeno Chara AP

Zdeno Chara is through with the emotional ride the lockout is taking him on.

Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com spoke with the Bruins captain about how he’s faring abroad during the work stoppage and when asked about what he makes of the current situation, he said he can’t wait for things to get figured out.

“It’s at a point where I’m not getting frustrated or excited anymore. I’m just waiting for a final decision,” said a matter of fact Chara. “Every time I got excited, the next day I got frustrated when [talks] were moved back. The same thing the other way when you got different news. You stay positive and you get some good news. Then…boom…two days later you’d get bad news.

“It’s a roller coaster of emotions where you have ups and downs. I find myself in a position where I want to stay neutral and see whether it’s going to get done or not.”

Safe to say the mindset he’s in is similar to what many fans, media, and other players are having right now when it comes to this whole mess. As it is, Chara is keeping busy himself playing for HC Lev Praha in the KHL, but it’s clear he’d rather be back in Boston intimidating NHL opponents instead.

  1. manchestermiracle - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I’m a bit mystified as to why so many fans, at least on this site, have decided to side with the owners. Is it because we just want hockey back so badly?

    The owners
    -insisted on the previous CBA, locking out the players until they got their way.
    -gave the players 57% of HRR (a figure the owners define, by the way).
    -chose to place franchises in cities that cannot support them.
    -decided to punk each other by giving out 10-year/$100M+ contracts.

    Despite all that, revenue increased dramatically since the last CBA was signed. Now the owners want more of that revenue as well as wanting a reason to not honor the ridiculous contracts they chose to award players in order to get them on their respective teams.

    The PA is simply trying to limit the damage to the players from a new CBA. A CBA the owners are once again trying to ram down the players’ throats. We all know what is in most players’ contracts, since they become public. No one except the owners know what is in their financial statements, since they do not release them. Yet so many are so willing to accept the owners’ claim that they are losing money and must take this path in order to “fix a broken system.” A system that they themselves created.

    There’s plenty of blame to go around, but I find it absurd that anyone would think the majority of that blame should go anywhere but on the owners’ shoulders.

    • tatdue - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      I think that a lot of people here believe that the only way (or at least the quickest way) for the lock out to end is for the players to give in. They don’t think that the owners will budge so they blame the players, simple as that. It’s just selfishness really…..Since the players won’t just willingly give up millions and millions of dollars and their contracting rights, and these people don’t see any other possible ending to this, they in turn blame the players for them having to miss watching NHL hockey on TV. Since it not their money or careers they just don’t care. They only care about what affects them and that is missing their games……so the players become villains to them. My self I applaud the players for standing up to the greedy f’n owners……

    • hsnepts - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      I can explain why I side with the owners:
      The new CBA cannot be about the past. Your comments about the last CBA are true, and we can all agree, the owners have made lots of mistakes under the old CBA. But the new CBA must be about the future – not about paying for past mistakes. This new CBA will form the framework for the business of hockey over the next 5 to 10 years. It needs to be a CBA under which everyone can succeed – all players (stars, 4th liners, rookies, journeymen, etc.) and all owners (big teams, small teams, canadian teams, sunbelt team, etc.).

      People who side with the players mention the amount of money the owners make – but always as one figure – like the owners share it evenly. They don’t – just like players dont share their salaries evenly either.

      People who side with the players keep talking about fault – the problems with the exiting system are the owners fault (true), so therefore they should not make changes (wrong! they need to make changes).

      People who side with the players keep talking about honouring existing contracts. But the existing contracts are all in the context of a CBA, and already have rollback and excrow clauses – and the players and their agents knew that.

      Listen, if you think the owners are lying about how healthy their finances have been – well I can’t tell you if they are lying or not. I personally dont believe they are. It’s obviously easy to paint these billionaire suits as villians – but they are really just businessmen. Smart businessmen dont shut down successful money-making operations, and lose all their business momentum, in the faint hope of squeezing out more money. No smart businessman trades free money for short term losses, huge risk and the potential for 10% more money. The only reason I think the owners will shut down the league is because its better to make no money than lose money.

      For me, the real proof is the Coyotes, and the Blues, and I believe a few other teams too. These teams are for sale, and nobody wants to buy. There are plenty of billionaires out there, but they would simply rather invest their money elsewhere. The board of governors won’t sign a deal that means they can’t sell their sinking investments.

      Unions play an important role. they need to look after their members. The union should be focusing on health, safety, career development, free agency, retirement and things like that. In this case, I think they need to get out of the money game.

  2. pastabelly - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I think most of us are siding with the players.

  3. blomfeld - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Which side are you on ?

    Miracle & friends … with all kidding aside, isn’t one side pretty much the same as the other ?

  4. tlndma - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    The owners could have losing $$$ teams move to better cities but, there would be no money in that for them. They would rather expand to those cities so they can charge an expansion fee.
    Revenue sharing is another avenue the owners would rather not use. Taking back from the players and making rules that cost the players money(contract length), simply because they can’t control themselves, is the way they want to go.
    I’m totally on the players side.An owner has never once made me get up from my seat and cheer.

  5. pondhockeyallstar - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I think if Gary would just come out and be truthful and admit that there might be teams in areas that can’t support those teams very well and that’s why they need things to be 50/50 I think they wouldn’t be getting killed nearly as badly in the press as they are. Bit that’s just something that you can’t expect from him. Being truthful would be admitting that Gary and the league were wrong and you know that will never happen. I can’t believe I still care about this stupid league still. God we suck as fans

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