NHL: Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews' Harsh Words for Gary Bettman

James MaahsContributor IIIOctober 4, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14:  (L-R) Marian Hossa #81, Jonathan Toews #19 and Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks watch from the bench in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The first two weeks of the NHL regular season have been canceled, which eliminates five games on the Chicago Blackhawks' schedule.

Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews voiced his frustration with the way NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has handled the situation thus far. (via the Chicago Tribune):

"'It’s another disappointing but expected move from the league,'  Toews said. 'This seems to be our commissioner's bread and butter; it's almost like he is excited to take away hockey from the fans and the players just because he can.'"

It's the first time regular season games have been canceled since the 04-05 lockout that overtook the whole season.

Both the NHL and the NHLPA have told the media that a deal will only be made if the opposite side were to make concessions. But talks have stalled and it's looking more and more likely that October will be lost to the lockout.

"'Personally, I still haven't heard a valid argument from the league for what they are doing, just that they want more and last time it wasn't enough,' Toews said. 'If they would be as determined to solve these issues as they are quick to point the finger at us (the players), this would be settled by now. But they aren't, and now we know we’ll miss at least two weeks because of it.'"

Toews is like many players, visibly frustrated with the lack of negotiating and lack of compromise between the two sides.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement to the media addressing the current situation. (via the New York Times):

"'We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement,'" Daly said. 'The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the N.H.L. deserve better. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans.'"

At this rate, it looks as if Democrats and Republicans have a better chance of getting along then the NHL and NHLPA.

 

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