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Chimera compares labor negotiations to chasing around a chicken

Dec 27, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

Brooks Laich, Jason Chimera AP

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera hasn’t been one to hold back his thoughts on both the lockout and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

As Chuck Gormley of hears from him, however, labor talks with the NHL haven’t been any fun and gives it a comparison worthy of sharing.

“It just seems like we’re chasing a chicken around, around and around and we can’t catch him. I don’t know if they’re trying to crush the union or what. We gave a lot.”

By now, we know where the rest of that statement is headed as he outlines what the players have conceded to the league in negotiations and how the NHL doesn’t seem interested in bargaining with them. Let’s face it though, if labor meetings involved both sides chasing chickens around the board room to solve pertinent issues, we’d at least have some entertainment out of this debacle.

  1. joeyashwi - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Fewer and fewer people even reading or commenting on anything NHL related anymore. The casual fans are already gone and the die hards are getting their hockey fix elsewhere.
    Congratulations NHL, you have just committed fiscal suicide.

  2. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Unfortunately some of us are Wooped. Remember…? We’ll standby and wait. But there’s nothing wrong with getting a little while it’s away.. World championships ….why not.

  3. mountainmantride - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    And that’s it folks, thanks for coming to the Chicken Chase on Ice tonight. This used to be called the NHL but the owners and players f**ked themselves and now it’s called Chicken Chase on Ice. See ya’l next Saturday night.

  4. haroldkahoney - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Pretty soon it will feel more like the players are chocking their own chickens.

    • haroldkahoney - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:03 AM


  5. blomfeld - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM


    Fellow lovers of history like me will know only too well, that the last thing you do when all looks lost, is to cave in to defeat like British PM Neville Chamberlain did back in June of 1940. As you know, the weakling Chamberlain was then immediately replaced by the bulldog himself, Mister Winston Churchill. And then after the German onslaught had started, with dear England standing all alone and desperately fighting against the tyranny of Hitler and his formidable Luftwaffe, Churchill defiantly said … “Herr Hitler promised that in three weeks England would have her neck wrung like a chicken … well some chicken … some neck!”.

    The bottom line friends is that when the going get’s tough, the tough always get going! This is so with every facet of our lives. And so it must be with our belief that there will be an NHL season. Stand by and be ready for January 19th @ 1500 hrs EST ! :)

  6. ducksk - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    There’s a big mouth in every crowd. He needs to keep his fat pie hole shut, he is doing nothing now except hurting himself and his career. You want him on your team? I doubt owners and GM’s will. He’s a ok player with a big mouth. STFU

  7. fortwaynekomets - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM


    and I hate the caps FYI

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