8 NHL Players Who Have Spoken out Most Vociferously During Lockout

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8 NHL Players Who Have Spoken out Most Vociferously During Lockout
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NHL players have been very vocal throughout the lockout and have made some powerful comments and criticisms toward the owners, commissioner Gary Bettman and the developments that have occurred during the work stoppage.

Let's look at eight players who haven't been afraid to share their thoughts on the lockout and the people involved.

 

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin has been playing for Dynamo Moscow of the KHL for most of the lockout, but that hasn't stopped him from criticizing the NHL.

Here's a recent tweet from the Russian star.

Ovechkin is referring to the accusation made by the NHL that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr did not give his players all the information from the union's meeting with the league last Thursday. It was a foolish move by the league, and it seems that Ovechkin wasn't too thrilled about it.

 

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

When the NHL rejected three proposals by the NHLPA on October 18, Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan had a very interesting way of describing what happened (via Bruce Arthur of The National Post).

Doan could have described the negotiating process a bit better than he did here, but I think his comments accurately portray the level of frustration that the players have felt over the last few months.

 

Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils

Krys Barch's Twitter rant in September was the first lengthy criticism of the league and its owners in this lockout Here are three of the many tweets he made on a Saturday night in September.

For more on Barch's tweets, check out this article from September 30.

 

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis is one of the nicest players in the NHL and is extremely professional.

However, this lockout is certainly bothering him, and a few weeks ago, he shared his frustration with Josh Rimer of NHL Home Ice.

St. Louis knows what it's like to go through a lengthy lockout. His 2004 Lightning team won the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Calgary Flames, but weren't able to defend their championship until the 2005-06 season because of the 2004-05 lockout.

 

Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise has criticized commissioner Bettman a few times during the lockout, and here's one example (via player agent Allan Walsh of Octagon Hockey):

During the labor negotiations, the NHL has tried to eliminate the salary cap circumventing contracts like the one that Parise signed with the Wild in the summer, so his name has been mentioned quite a bit over the last few months.

The league will probably be successful in its mission to prevent these types of deals from being possible in the next CBA.

 

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks

Teemu Selanne wasn't afraid to voice his opinion of Commissioner Bettman on his personal blog in mid-September (Google translated):

Gary Bettman has been the NHL's boss for almost 20 years. He was hired by the NHL to bring the salary cap, and so he did, as he had received the salary cap NBA Basketball: acquisition. Twice the lockout has been a stoppage during his reign, and each time the lockout is done. Now it is the third! He is certainly the NHL's most hated person.

Selanne and St. Louis are two veteran players who want the lockout to end immediately because they don't have too much time left in their careers. The 42-year-old veteran signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract in July.

 

John-Michael Liles, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles shared the following tweet one day after the lockout became official on September 15:

Not many players have insulted Bettman in this manner. Fortunately for Liles, he will begin a new four-year, $15.5 million contract when the lockout ends, but after setting a new career-low in points last year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he might be a bit overpaid.

 

Curt Gogol, San Jose Sharks

Sharks prospect Curt Gogol, who spent last season in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and has no NHL experience, criticized Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold last month via Twitter:

Leipold has been criticized by many people for taking a "hard-line" approach in this lockout even though in the summer, he signed two star players to the massive, cap-circumventing contracts that the league doesn't want to see in the future.

 

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