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NHL Players Taking To Twitter To Voice Displeasure Over Labour Issues

I’ve fallen in love with Twitter over the past couple of years. It’s given me an outlet to help push what we write, but it’s also been a fun tool to connect with other hockey minded people. And, there’s little more that I enjoy than talking puck over a few beers, whether they be live and in person, or over the internets.

Fortunately (mostly for our amusement), professional sports minds have gotten ahold of Twitter over the past couple of years as well. Some tweets have killed online personas outright. That’s not really stopping some prominent NHL players from taking their gripes about the pending labour stoppage to the general public.



I don’t expect Gary Bettman to have any sort of interaction with social media. Hell, I’m rather surprised that he has a call-in show on the NHL Network (where I can attest that calls are screened heavily before they hit the air). Bettman is wise not to meddle in these affairs here. Although it would be fun to see him engage in a shouting match with someone like George Parros.

If I was the head of the players’ union, I’d tell my players to keep it cool on social media outlets and to dodge all questions. There’s a handful of tweets that are similar to Hall’s, Lundqvist’s and Gionta’s out there right now. The league has to know this, and it doesn’t look any better for the players when things like this are out there.


Fans want hockey. Players want to play hockey and get paid. Do you think that players are creating a bargaining disadvantage by venting their frustration on Twitter?

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  • Kevrock

    No, I don’t think they are putting themselves in a disadvantage. I do however think they are being petulant. We want what’s fair…..Really Taylor…Your so hard done by with the almost 7 million dollars you’ve made in the past two years and the 6 -7 million a year you will make on your next contract. All to play a game that you played for fun the previous 13 years of your life.

    King Henrick is bang on, No this Cba grew way faster than anyone could have seen, When the floor is now higher than the ceiling was when signed something is wrong. The money doesn’t come out of thin air, it comes out of the fans pockets!

    I’m sick of the debate about who deserves more…I deserve more, yet taxes, tickets, and parking all go up every year, so as a result I can go to less games every year, and the players can disassociate themselves from the fans more and more.

    I’m lucky in the fact I grew up with a dynasty as my team, I also lived 5 blocks away from Northlands and had the pleasure of attending 80% of the games in a given year. After those games my Dad and I would go down to the dressing room area and wait and after an hour or so I would get to shake hands with hall of famers to be. In 86 I had a team pennant signed by every player on the team, accumulated over the course of the season….Now they run out some back door and charge for the “privilage” of a” hi, great game can you sign my pennant please”.

    Bottom line is noone deserves to make 10 million a year when the average working person makes 60k and noone should have to pay $500.00 for a single ticket to a game…I won’t stop cheering for my team and I won’t stop going to every game I can, I’ll probably buy another damn jersey to add to the 6 I already own but I will not feel sorry for millionaire players or Billionaire owners.

    • Jeff Chapman

      Perspective is key.

      I don’t know if I feel ‘sorry’ for guys making half a million dollars to start, but it’s all about perspective. If I’m making $14 an hour, and I have an opportunity to make six dollars more an hour and get a bonus on top, I’ll find a way to exploit it. Each and every time.

      The money is a huge game-changer. Go back thirty-five years, and you’ll see Bobby Hull getting a million dollars up front. Today, Shea Weber is set to make over twenty times that amount in a calendar year.

      I have a hard time “standing by” anyone who’s that far away from my income level, but when you’re a millionaire among millionaires, your perspective changes. You’re going to grab as much as you can, as fast as you can, and as often. And the owners? They’re going to do the same.