For the first time since the lockout began earlier this month, the NHL and its players met on Friday and Saturday for formal collective bargaining agreement negotiations in New York City.
The talks between the two sides are scheduled to continue on Sunday, according to Katie Strang of ESPN.
However, the most notable event from the weekend thus far has come in the form of many late-night tweets from New Jersey Devils winger Krys Barch, who shared his personal views on the lockout and the league's owners on Saturday night.
Before we examine them, let's look at the the last 14 of 26 total tweets that Barch sent Saturday night. To view all of his tweets, check out his Twitter page.
I wonder if the owners of Boston, New York,Washington, etc, etc,have endured any of the injuries that I or any other player in the .....— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
.... NHL have endured. Still they probably sit their smoking the same brand of cigar, sipping the same cognac, and going on vacation .....— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
..... To one of five houses they own.... While we sit here knowing they want to take 20% of our paychecks. One half to 3/4 of my peers— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
.... Will have to work for the next 50 years of their lives. Congratulations to the lucky select few that I have played with who have made..— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
... Salaries that they can choose to do whatever they want when they are done.But I have played most who do not!— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
If the NHL wants to teams in the south or struggling markets than the players along with the financially well to do teams need to start....— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
.... Working together. Or they need to start to move teams to the North where they will make money. The system allows the owners to......— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
....... continually take money from the players contract after contract where eventually over 40 some years the owners will have 80%.....— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
..... Of revenue. The only way to stop the work stoppages long into the future is fix the root cause of the problems. The lockout.......— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
..... Is a procedure to take from the players to pay for the NHL mistakes. Let not allow the NHL to make any mor mistakes....— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
... Let the league and the players to come together to fix the mistakes that have been made and make sure non are made in the future....— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
...... Lets get a deal where the owners, players, and fans benefit from. We're we can be sitting around in beautiful Canadian fall's......— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
....... around a fire playing and watching the game we love. Here's to the truth and our next conversation. As always speaking from my.....— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
...... Heart! Goodnight! Like me or hate me I speak what comes from my heart!— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) September 30, 2012
It's hard to find many things Barch said through these tweets that most NHL fans wouldn't agree with. It's always nice to hear the players talk about their thoughts on the lockout, especially when the owners aren't allowed to talk about the negotiations.
A couple of issues that he mentions include revenue sharing and player salaries. Another interesting thing that Barch said was that "the lockout is a procedure to take from the players to pay for the NHL mistakes."
This is probably an opinion that many of the league's players currently have. They do not want to give up a significant portion of their salaries just to help the NHL owners recover from their own mistakes, especially when the revenues to be divided are large enough to help both sides prosper long term.
This is one reason why the players are more unified now than they were in during the 2004-05 lockout.
Aside from Barch, there weren't too many players who took to Twitter to talk about the CBA negotiations this weekend. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul tweeted a column he wrote for Ask Men:
Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews talked to the Chicago Sun-Times about the topics being discussed during this weekend's negotiations between the players and owners:
All those things have a huge impact on the players and on the game. It’s probably one of those things right now that is being overshadowed by the revenue-sharing and the big issues that have been really talked about in the last couple of months. But it doesn’t mean they’re not important.
It will be interesting to watch the players' reactions for the rest of this week because if there's no deal, then regular-season games being cancelled could become a reality.
This kind of announcement could spark some spirited comments from the players via their Twitter accounts.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston. Follow him on Twitter.