Voice your opinion to the NHLPA

My opinion has always been that the players are trying to live beyond the means of the current state of hockey in the US and Canada. That these players should be more than happy to play here in North America for an average salary of 1.5 mil, and players such as Bryan McCabe and Bill Guerien need to get their head out of their a$$ and realize how lucky they would be to do that.

I have sent my message to the NHLPA and now it should be your turn.

A couple days back I found this link on a team message board. It is a link to the NHLPAs feedback message board.

I’m not going to sit here and even pretend that anything written on the board would ever reach the players or make any difference. But, at the very least, it might feel good to vent to something associated with the players.

So for what its worth, heres the link. Do with it what you may.


28 Responses to Voice your opinion to the NHLPA

  1. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Thanks for the link eh? I will definatley share my opinion.

  2. Bishop7979 says:

    I would say, anyone who has access to any other site, or message board should try to pass this link on. It seems to be the only place that the voice of the common fan can be heard, the messages might not ever be heard, but the numbers could count for something. pass it around

  3. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I know this is off topic but I’d like to post some corrections from things TSN has said.

    First of all, article number 32 in the top 100 articles in the past twenty years of sports was saying how the Czechs beat Canada in a shoot out in 1998, and then in 2002 that made Czech goalie Domonik Hassek the first goalie with an Olympic gold and a Stanley cup. That’s wrong. Brodeur won in 1995 and 1999 before Hasseks first and only cup, and won his Olympic gold several months before Hassek won his cup. So that is a mistake.

    During the WJHC Bob McKenzie said Canada faced 65 shots in 6 games before Russia which means eleven shots a game. He said this several times. But they skipped a game because they were the pool leader, which means they played five games, and thirteen shots a game. Sorry Bob.

    Another Bob McKenzie blunder. He was talking about Patrice Bergeron, and said he talked to all thirty NHL Gm’s the night before the WJHC and he said it was such a shock they all missed him, and a GM said “hey don’t forget 20-30 of us missed him twice.” WRONG!! Toronto traded their pick for Owen Nolan in the first round that year, and their pick was after Bostons so they didn’t miss him in the second round either. Check hockeydb.com draft by year and you’ll see I’m right. I’m gonna go back later and see if any other team didn’t miss him.

    Wow TSN sucks almost as much as Score and Sportsnet.

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Phoenix, Colorado, and Detroit, all had no picks before Bergeron!

  5. hock3yfan says:

    Thanks for the link. I sent them a message encouraging them to continue their effort to maintain a fair balance in the game. I would hope others would as well. They need to know the fans are behind them and support them 100% against the attempt to impose a dictatorship, to quote another poster, via Gary B. Viva la NHLPA and continue to fight the good fight. Doing what is right is often not the easy path.

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I think you’re the only pro PAers on this site.

  7. rojoke says:

    Given the number of statements retracted by various players since this started, I wouldn’t be throwing the “dictatorship” tag around that easily.

  8. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    What I do is I write a formal letter to the BOSS. recently I had a service problem with the local subcontractor for Viking appliances. For $8000 for a fridge, you might expect them to keep an appointment with two tries. I wrote the CEO and FedExed him the letter for next day, morning delivery. I wasn’t rude but I did express my feelings and disapointment with such a large investment.

    Guess what? The CEO called me personally and the president of the company followed up with my assistant until the problem was solved.

    Will the NHLPA react the same way? I don’t know however a few really well written letters letting them know how disapointed you are as a customer might help. and if it doesn’t sway them, I gotta tell you it feels good to write the letter anyway. Makes you feel like you have your voice heard EVEN if your voice is a small one.

    One really good tip for the letter. Open with a compliment. It gets their attnetion and increases the chances that you would get your letter even read by Gooenow. For example,

    “I have been a fan of the NHL for 24 years since the Flyers last won the Cup. My family keeps season tickets in Philly even though none of us live there. We are so supportive of the Flyers that we periodically fly back to see games especially the playoffs. In my case, I even fly to road games. But I must say, what I am seeing and hearing from NHLPA representitives is disturbing…..”

  9. nordiques100 says:

    the owners want to implement a hard salary cap plus several other restrictions without doing any sort of revenue sharing and they want the players to give back to them what they as owners willing paid out to the players. how accurate can cost certainty be without the willingness to do any type of revenue sharing? if all the teams put all their revenues together and decided we want to give the players 55% of revenues then yes this cap or cost certainty would work but if they dont share any revenues at all, then really how can the cap really work? it just leaves too many things ambiguous.

    see the owners want everything and to give nothing back. they have no revenue sharing plan on the table nor will they ever offer one. the reason is because guys like jeremy jacobs or bill wirtz will not at all share anything they make with anyone else. all the owners want is for the players to cave, to give back some of what the owners already agreed to pay them, plus they dont really want any input at all from the players on how to make this work. the owners have no business plan or vision to the future, they just simply want to implement all their terms on the players and force them to take it or leave it. i am not exactly sure but that sure sounds like a dictatorship.

    bettman is the turd who decided that the game was fine the last 10 years and has let it deteriorate without any input from the players who are the biggest part of the game. do you really want this guy deciding how business should be for the future?

    why really should the players take full blame and responsibility for the owners blunders? yes the players should give back some as they do make too much, however the owners should be made to make some business decisions on their own and learn to spend wisely and stay firm with their own budget.

    yes the players have been stupid for running their mouth off but they are willing to try things, make changes to the system and give back what they were rightfully given. they havent and i sure hope they dont cave into the league and work out something both parties could live with. they should never have to accept and give into whatever the owners want.

  10. hockeyhead says:

    the important thing here is that he is where he belongs…in black and gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 19Yzerman says:

    Selfish Greed and Foolish Pride are weighting in heavily in this lockout situation. Its easy to judge both of them without being in either sides shoes. I heard a man who was so disgruntled about this lockout and knowing his time here on earth was becoming short wrote his own eulogy. If anyone has heard of this please let me know because I would like to hear the message being voiced by a man who was deprived of NHL hockey in his last days.

  12. Aetherial says:

    Whatever, idiot.

    Just what we need, more union commie-pinkos.

    Hey, at least I see where both sides are to blame. You are just beyond hope.

  13. hock3yfan says:

    Crawl back into your hole jack-off. Just because your dick don’t work does’nt mean that everyone who disagrees with you are commies.

    hey dipshit your mom called and said, “You Suck!”

    It is sooooo obvious that you are a hurt little man with no life who can’t get laid.

    Oh yeah..hey small guy…I am still waiting for your response to discuss this like gentlemen face to face over beer…or are you just a skeered little man who won’t back his words?

    One more thing assholetherial, ahh nevermind just go away

    shhh take it like a man just shhh

  14. hock3yfan says:

    probably because of all the aggressive rhetoric spewed in favor of owners. Not to mention the personal attacks by certian members. I have considered leaving and focusing all of my time at another forum where there is a much more intelligent and reasoned debate but I sort of enjoy being a minority. I hope that some will eventually come to see how wrong the owners are for pushing their agenda at the expense of the fans and the game. This is readily apparent in this quote from Jimmmy Devellano, “The hockey`s not important.” WHile he not an actual owner I think it is apparent that the quote sums up the owners perspective.

  15. Aetherial says:


    I have no idea what offer to discuss this you are referring to.

    Are you in Toronto? If so, I would do that.

    But I still won’t agree with you 🙂

  16. habsoverserver says:

    I too this from another website. The original was in last week’s Ottawa Citizen.

    Archie Bennitz, 84, an ardent hockey fan from Kanata, Ontario, near Ottawa, used his own obituary to blast NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Association executive Bob Goodenow, for the lockout which has left fans without hockey this year.

    The obituary, published in the Ottawa Citizen, was written by Bennitz’s 45-year-old son David, who took dictation at his hospital bedside.

    In his obituary, Bennitz called Bettman and Goodenow “skunks for denying him the pleasure of watching NHL on TV this year.”

    He also asked Bettman to step aside and give retired NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky the top job running the league.

  17. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Ya, I can’t imagine him else where.

  18. 19Yzerman says:

    That is so disheartening that everyone on both sides should be ashamed. Hard to think that the GreatOne could do anything to hurt hockey.

  19. GilaMonster says:

    your right. if a deal is in place i don’t think it can help his legacy. if you see the way he is talking about it you can tell he wants very little to do with all of this.

  20. Scoot says:

    I agree wholeheartedly.

    Teams that are run poorly are the ones affecting the NHL’s bottom line. The so-called “hard-line” owners like Jacobs and Karmanos are the main reason a good CBA for both sides started to fall apart over the second half of the 1990’s.

    Giving Joe Thornton the ridiculous bonus clauses to sidestep the CBA and tossing $38 million (an immediate $14 million bonus, $2 million dollars for each of the six seasons, and a possible $12 million bonus to Federov if the team reached the conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs) at Federov are proof that owners that can’t stick to a budget THERE FOR THE GOOD OF THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS SHOULD NOT OWN A PROFFESIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE.

    I’m so freakin’ sick of people ripping into the union (you know who you are…the ones who think the lockout is a strike and who think hockey belongs where it can’t be played outdoors). The players should NEVER cave to Bettman’s ludicrous image of a Communist Russia NHL.

  21. hockeyhead says:

    thanks leafy, i mean the b’s need a young star….how long before j.jacobs runs joe and sammy out of town???????????

  22. 19Yzerman says:

    Its a hot potato which is how an unskilled player tends to treat the puck. I can’t blame anyone for not wanting to clean up that mess other than those who are already in a hands on situation.

    I hope that the Beer company and pizza store owners don’t lockout the beer and pizza markers unions once the NHL get back under way. Imagine that no pizza delivery or beer to drink during the games. OMG

    WOW maybe the town property tax assessors office will lockout its workers for the whole 2005 year and no one will owe taxes.

  23. 19Yzerman says:

    A cap will help Harry Sinden to protect Mr jabobs money without looking like a tight wadd. No more looking to other teams for generosity. After this CBA gets signed players will never be able to look else where, rubbing their hands together in anticipation of greater generosity.

    Sammy seems to me like the kind of player who would stay there and would have to be driven out of town. While Jumbo Joe would bolt at the first chance of greater $$$$$$$.

  24. hockeyhead says:

    i hope you are wrong about joe b/c he is my current fav. in the nhl. i wouldn’t want him in any other sweater.

  25. ranger_fan says:

    F|_|ck them

  26. 19Yzerman says:

    next chance you get. Go to a game and tell them that in person. You might get a standing O.

  27. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Joe is the Bruins. He will be known as a Bruins legend. I wouldn’t be shocked if he spends his entire career their.

  28. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    The players are being jerks because they know they can’t win. The owners don’t care if there’s a season, and they will just not sign these guys if there is.

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