Like a lot of my Twitter followers, Glenn is a pretty big Oilers fan.
Glenn wanted to blow off some steam about the recent events in the NHL.
And, although Glenn and I don’t share the same sentiment on some things, he asked if he could share a piece about the lockout.
And, because I think healthy dialogue is a pillar of civilized society, I thought it was a capital idea.
So, Glenn wrote a little bit about the lockout.
Here’s Glenn, on the record.
In all this lockout talk us fans here a lot about HRR and how it effects both sides. We have the ever popular Mr. Alan Walsh tweeting about how the owners want players to take a 17.5% paycut, now I’m not a math wizard but 57 to 47% seems like 10% to me or in simple terms about 8 mil in cap drop. The players lost a year fighting no cap then signed a deal with a max cap of 39 mil really so now it’s going to drop to 62 mil and there fighting this tooth and nail. Fans where on players side (I was) owners already beat the union to death last time they got the deal that they wanted so why 7 years later are they doing this again? Fans can stop looking as soon as they reach the GM, GM’s found ways to beat the owners own system with same owners signing off on the deals that the CBA was to protect them from like I said we can see the players point. What really got fans going was the tweeting from Walsh, Biznasty cry hard times it is a piss off that owners want to do another money grab but your telling me Crosby will suffer if his 8.7 mil deal drops to 7.27 a year oh no hold the poverty line he could go broke even on a smaller scale Biznasty makes 700K a year with drop comes out at 636K a year my that’s suffering. Do Mr. Bettman or Mr.Fehr know what HRR is it’s us the Fan they talk about numbers but they should be talking about people who buy the tickets, jerseys we are the HRR without us there’s no league at all. I wonder if owners would get off there butts and really try to solve the bad markets with some sort of revenue sharring if players would take that paycut? That seems to be the stumbling block players want to see the owners do something to stop the bleeding in smaller markets other than roll back salaries and on that point I don’t blame them. On the bright side sooner or later there will be Hockey, our teams will be on the ice fans will be back at each others throats and this will all be forgotten……until next time. Right now I’m looking forward to watching my 2 sons play 1 in peewee 1 in bantam. I asked my son in peewee the other day what he wanted to do when he grows up, “play in the NHL” was his answer, I asked him why “to win the stanely cup” I wonder if any of the players remember that playing hockey was about winning the cup money is a bi product of success.
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