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Report: Only 22 voted against giving NHLPA board authority to file disclaimer of interest

Dec 21, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT


The question of how united the players and owners really are behind the union and NHL respectively has often been raised.

Now it appears apparent that the players are speaking as one — at least when it comes to granting the union the authority to dissolve.

A mere 22 out of 728 players voted against giving the NHLPA board the power to file a disclaimer of interest, according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. On top of that, Sportsnet’s John Shannon pointed out that the turnout was over 90%. This comes roughly two weeks after the CBA talks broke down.

The results don’t come as a surprise, given that initial reports used the word overwhelming to describe the margin in which the players voted in affirmative. Even before that, Detroit’s Daniel Cleary predicted that “99.8%” of players would vote in favor.

Still, getting hard numbers cements those assertions.

It remains to be seen if the union will actually go through and file a disclaimer of interest, but they reportedly have until Jan. 2 to decide.

Meanwhile, the NHLPA and NHL aren’t expected to meet this weekend.

  1. jimw81 - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    goes back to original argument at the beginning of the lockout. nhl owners, especially bettman never understood how fehr operates and this is the reason why we are in day 90.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Meh………they just didn’t know Fehr was a rancher………Git a long little players.

  2. broadstbully33 - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    When does every players contract void? When is every player effectively unemployed?

  3. kirkmcleansbaby - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Let me guess………Scott Gomez was one of those 22!?! lol

  4. SpeakPhilly - Dec 21, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I hope they cancel this season and next. They need to get rid of a bout 6 teams while they are at it.

    • ron05342 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Let’s start with the Flyers.

  5. jimw81 - Dec 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    i think this is just a giant game of chicken btw nhlpa and nhl. nhlpa has nothing to lose. nhl has bigger issues if major sponsors bail out in the next couple weeks. we will have hockey.

    • trick9 - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM

      Do you even know what is NHLPA? How exactly they have nothing to lose?

      They constantly lose money.

  6. id4joey - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    22? Sounds about right. Only 22 players have their heads out of their asses, and can actually use their grey matter.

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      While your head continues to be up your own. Keep up the great work, Joey!

      • blomfeld - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        ravencrap – your ignorant retort to Joey makes about as much sense as some lowly insect standing up to a King Tiger “main” battle tank !

      • ravenscaps48 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM

        It’s quite cute how you stick up for your girlfriend. You keep up the great posting also. I always look forward to your youtube videos!

      • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Ravenscrap Raus !

        Trust me, were you and I to confront each other in “real” life, then suffice it to say that such confrontation would be of a somewhat “brief” bouquet … so kiss your keyboard pal, thank Allah for the internet and do tread carefully here at PHT …

      • id4joey - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM

        Thank you. I try my best to keep it real.

  7. flyeredup - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    It’s over! I want the owners to cancel 3 seasons.

    • blomfeld - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Goodbye then friend and God speed to you and your stupid team, which “historically” speaking, has been nothing more than “organized crime” on ice …

  8. bubblehead22 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    A recent article discussed that the damage to the NHL “brand” during the lockout is worse than the damage suffered by the BP brand during the Gulf oil spill. The study was intended as information for the NHL’s corporate sponsors to make business decisions from. I would imagine the list of sponsors grows smaller with each new block of games that gets cancelled.

    The big 3 Canadian teams may make money but it seems the bulk of league revenue lives in the States. People down here are becoming less and less interested. There are only two American hockey cities where the NHL is the only professional game in town, San Jose and Raleigh (Columbus has Ohio State). People just have other things to do/watch.

    Considering the state of the economy in North America the timing of the lockout raises serious questions about the business acumen of NHL personnel/owners.

  9. sampulls - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Would love to have an unemotional debate with ravenscaps48. Clearly doesn’t have all the facts.

  10. valoisvipers - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    I must admit that I am rather surprised that only 3% of the players understand what is happening to them.Rather simple really, play hockey and make big money while being treated like kings.

    • blomfeld - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Comrade Valoisvipers – I’m actually surprised that as much as 3% of the players aren’t sheep ?

  11. starsfan11 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Blomfeld has some real issues.

  12. dinklespiel - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    I’m a tellin ju bruders dem two ist Doppelgängers .
    Richtig , Blomfeld unt Yoey?

    • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Doppelgänger: In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger (German “double goer”) is a paranormal double of a living person, typically representing evil or misfortune.

  13. sampulls - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Trick9…It’s almost laughable to hear asinine comments like yours….NHLPA losing money…hahaha.
    Would you use a guy like Ron Hainsey ($4m/yr) as an example of the PA losing money?

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