Finally, The Legend Speaks

It took Bobby Orr, who in many minds is the greatest player of all time, and certainly the greatest defenseman, to break his silence.In a column written for the Sunday Eagle-Tribune, Bobby Orr finally said “Our sport is in danger of becoming irrelevant unless both sides immediately put an end to this nonsense.”

Orr wrote in the article that he initially resisted the to speak about the labor dispute and resulting shutdown of the NHL’s season, because he believed the two sides would resolve their differences for the good of the game. However, Orr said he no longer believes that either side was interested in getting a fair deal done. Orr goes on to say that the owners and players must push Bettman and Goodenow immediately for a deal to be worked out before the game is done for good. If no progess is being met, both parties must find a new leader.

I said it quite a while ago that there was going to be no deal because of the egos involved. Gary Bettman would love cost certainty, as well as over a million dollars for getting a salary cap. Bob Goodenow likes how current players are living very well. Neither will agree. With that said, I was hopeful that Orr, who owns a sports agency, would be perfect for the players association. He knows what is great for the game, what works, and what doesn’t. Bobby Orr was the most talented player ever. He knows what crowds like to see. I am certain that he would love to see the trap removed, and while I do not approve, I am sure he would push to shrink goalie equiptment.

As far as Orr’s comments, he is right. The NHL will be done if this continues another year. Being an agent, I am sure that he knows a lot more about the offers that all of us. Most of us that that the 42.5M final offer was more than fair, but it seems the issues are a lot deeper than the cap. Now with the advertisements, and the TV contracts up in the air, both sides can only speculate the fan base, and revenue coming in. It was reported that the owners do not wish to start the season with replacement players, meaning the two sides need to strike a deal.

So with Orr coming out, does it have any impact on either side? Will current players respond? Can we see other legends, like Guy Lafleur, Gordie Howe coming out too? If it is left to Goodenow and Bettman, I think the only hockey we will see is the World Cup, Olympics, and god forbid, the WHA, which still seems to be on the verge of doing something…like folding.


10 Responses to Finally, The Legend Speaks

  1. nordiques100 says:

    Lemieux and Gretzky were already screwed over by this lockout and they are two of the best players ever. and even Beliveau has spoken out about this too and it has fallen on deaf ears. and even the man who started the union ted lindsay implied the players make too much.

    so no matter who says what, nothing is going to happen because the hardliners on each side are fully behind who is leading them and that is goodenow and bettman.

    the season was lost and perhaps we could lose part of another year. and when we thought that was the worst thing ever and that those two should get the axe, we were wrong. those two got even more support than ever. so there is no point in hoping they will move aside.

    all we can hope for is for those two to work things out.

  2. 19Yzerman says:

    Oh I would like to hear what Ted Lindsey and his co-founders of the NHLPA would have to say about all this so called CBA negotiations.

    It seems that both sides would rather look good and lose then look bad and win. Some how the old saying of “Its not if you win or lose its how you play the game” doesn’t apply to the NHL or NHLPA.

    The governing body of the NHL needs to become politically enhanced with things like Presidential Vetoes, Congressional Overrides and Filibusters. The NHL should have a meeting of all owners to produce a CBA that they can all agree on. The NHLPA should also do the same. Then have the NHL Arbitration board take what both sides came up with and find a fair CBA for both by establishing the closest thing between what each side could produce.

    If both sides can only speculate the fan base and some how this is relevant Then perhaps they should ask us fans what ever it is they that is of concern to them about us. Let the Fans be heard.

    Let everyone be heard.

  3. ranger_fan says:

    How would filibusters help? That is just rambling on with nothing to do about the topic. I think they have been using filibusters for 9 months now.

  4. 19Yzerman says:

    OK you took one word from my text and have nothing else to say about the rest of my post??????

    I suppose you found nothing in which you could debate me on in there.

  5. ranger_fan says:

    Do I always have to debate? I agreed. I loved the filibuster part tho. Funny.

    Obviously I’d love to hear more from Ted.

    Neither side is looking good in all of this. It might even be the group that gives in will look good.

    It doesn’t matter on the NHL BOD to come of on something everyone would agree on. No proposal will have all 30 NHL teams and B.O.D. agreeing. The NHLPA won’t have something with a vote. The reason being that the elite players needs are different from the 3rd and 4th line guys. So one group, upper 10% would hate the union. YAY!

    Owners won’t listen to little fanbase left, and it is not the NHLPA’s problem as long as they are being paid.

  6. habsoverserver says:

    Lafleur spoke out against the players many many months ago.

    Do you have a link for the Bobby Orr article?

  7. Aetherial says:

    The WHA tournament looks like it will be cancelled.

    No big surprise.

    The NHL will likely no use replacements

    No big surprise; I told you so.

    I hope they stay out another year, and then another, and the players have to accept a 20 million dollar hard cap… then the NHL folds completely in the US anyway… and we see the dawning of a new age in sports where owners and players are not such complete F’ing Aholes… I can only wish.

  8. ranger_fan says:

    If they wait three years, the owners can’t do a 20 millioin dollar cap!

  9. 19Yzerman says:

    Very well said.

    30 team owners whose ultimate interests differ from one and other.While the players have the very same problem of not being on the same page as one and other. The owners resolve seems greater in terms of establishing a level playing field and creating an equal profitability for each and every team. In this area the players have a better understanding of each others value from top to bottom and each of them know where they stand in terms of market ability. Sure there are some players who are being paid over and above their actual worth but, these players more often then not were given these high contract amounts without having done much more then being who they were on the ice. Its a damn good thing the players are not trying to establish the same financial structuring amongst each other as the owners.

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