I have written previously about my lack of support for the NHLPA. The response against me was overwhelming. I expected as much and I enjoyed the debate. So it should come as no surprise that the continuing actions of the members of the NHLPA just re-enforce my opinion that the players are even greedier than the owners.
Please explain westy99. Ok…I will.
The members of the NHLPA have been locked out by the owners until an agreement can be reached. They haven’t been fired. Some would then say that the players should be free to apply their trade in other places. I disagree. The players that leave to play in Russia, Switzerland and other places are weakening their own union by earning wages while the majority of players cannot do this. It shows that the union has two tiers of players and that the league really only has to address the wants of the superstars. And what reason do these players give for leaving their brethren behind when their support is needed the most? "I just want to play hockey."
If that were really the case, then why don’t they accept the owners offer and go back to playing? If that were the case, why do they accept even less money in Europe than they would in the NHL? The idea that some players are collecting a decent paycheck while their teammates are left to sit and wait for a settlement should raise questions about the solidarity of the NHLPA and the true willingness of their stars to negotiate. I kind of see it as a alp in the face of fans that those players who leave can say they want to play in North America but then take less money to play for European fans. Why not stay here and play charity games…or use your status as NHL stars and use the media to put more pressure on the owners to negotiate? I guess Rick Nash and Joe Thornton need the money. Poor guys.
I would hope that the NHLPA gets a substantial cut of their salary to help the NHL players that can’t play in Europe. But I doubt they do.