This is the first NHL labour dispute of the Twitter era, and while Gary Bettman’s gag order silences the 30 owners, we’re getting plenty of “perspective” from the roughly 720 NHLPA members.
Nowadays, New Jersey slugger Krys Barch can make a fool of himself, sitting up at the cottage and grousing about how the owners have five houses each (while he apparently only has two) and that the owners are drinking their cognac, while he’s stuck with domestic beer, and a bottle of Port. Oh, and after making US $3.3 million over the past five seasons, he’s going to have to work for the next “50 years” after hockey is done.
And Joffrey Lupul, who prefers to write while sober, can pen his far more measured treatise, opening with a line that no hockey fan is about to believe:
"Let’s get this straight," began Lupul, in his blog posted on Askmen.com. "This is not a PR piece."
Sadly, they’re all PR pieces, folks. Because every one of these authors has a dog in the fight.
The players rip Gary Bettman for, among other reasons, muzzling his 30 owners by threatening to fine any of them who speak publicly on the lockout. The fans thank Bettman for the same, as the NHL commissioner has pared 30 biased opinions from the twitter landscape.
As someone who does not have a stake in whichever side wins this latest labour fight, we can only lament the lack of perspective that the advent of the internet has pushed upon the debate.
For example, when Lupul writes: “The thing that is frustrating for us as players is this is the third time (second of my career) the players have been locked out by Gary Bettman and the owners. When I look at that, the first thing I think is that it shows a lack of respect for the fans.”
Did it not show a lack of respect to the fans a few years back, Joffrey, when the NHLPA withheld its players from attending the Winter Olympics until the NHL agreed to extend an already one-sided Collective Bargaining Agreement?
Goodenow held the fans’ Olympic experience hostage for the good of the union, just another in the many astute tactics that swung the pendulum so far to the players’ side that the owners are still trying to get it back to six o’clock.
Barch tweets (in broken English): “Is a procedure to take from the players to pay for the NHL mistakes. Let not allow the NHL to make any mor mistakes….
"Lets get a deal where the owners, players, and fans benefit."
Well, I don’t recall anyone looking out for the fans when the union was winning these things.
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