NHL Lockout: Kane Calls NHL's Cancellations a 'Scare Tactic'
To be honest with you, I think more than anything it seems like it’s more of a scare tactic to us. If there’s a deal reached tomorrow, I don’t think it really means too much.
Kane's comments came a day after Commissioner Gary Bettman said that a full 82-game season now looks unlikely.
The NHL has refused to talk to the NHLPA, saying that negotiations must center on the 50/50 revenue-sharing offer that was rejected last week.
Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews said that this can all be reversed if the NHL really wants to work out a deal (via Washingtontimes.com):
They’re still going down that road that they’re going to keep exercising the power that they have to be able to lock us out and to try and use the fact that they cancel games to try and sway us their way. We’ll see what happens in the next little while if there’s some talks and if it really goes that far.
While both sides continue to bicker over when they will next meet to discuss a CBA, fans everywhere are feeling the absence of the NHL.
A NHL season filled with happy fans and teams competing for their chance at the Stanley Cup is now replaced by empty arenas and even more empty threats.
Fans deserve better, for the loyalty and dedication they have shown their favorite teams over the years. Yet fans are on the short end of arguments over billions of dollars, all of which wouldn't be possible without fan support.
Both sides are to blame in this lockout; the constant blame game won't help to bring the NHL back any faster.
Though, the owners should take the majority of the blame in this lockout. They are, after all, the ones locking out the players.
It doesn't help when the NHL is showing record profits and an increase in fans that they ask the players to take a seven percent cut in revenue. How fair does that sound to the players that are risking their health to play hockey?
The owners need to understand this and make their fair share of concessions just as the players are doing.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said that both sides need to be active in order for a deal to get done (via Katie Strang ESPN):
Somebody has to be willing to talk about things seriously. So far, the league's position is essentially, 'We've got billions of dollars from the players last time, we've had nothing but record revenues ever since, let's try and get another billion or two.' That's hard. That's really hard to do.
Even if the NHL and NHLPA decide to meet, they are still miles apart on certain issues; it will take hours of serious negotiating to bring the two together.
In the meantime, fans suffer and millions of dollars are lost.
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