Posted October 10, 2012

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson rips NHL owners for lowballing players

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Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson criticized NHL owners’ tactics. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said NHL owners have lowballed the NHLPA since negotiations began and wanted a lockout from the start, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

“Like everybody else, I’m disappointed that the owners chose to have this tactic from the very beginning,” Alfredsson said. “They chose to give a lowball offer from the get-go. It was kind of clear what they wanted and I don’t see anything changing anytime soon.”

Alfredsson said he is “past being frustrated,” and believes the NHL wanted a lockout before opening negotiations towards a new collective bargaining agreement.

“I believe the players are doing the right thing,” he says. “We’ve been more than fair. Maybe it would have been different if we, the players’ association, had done what (the owners) did in their first offer and said ‘we want 70 per cent’. We started at a fair point, moving in their direction and now they’re frustrated that we’re not moving. It’s disappointing more than anything.”

Alfredsson won the 2011-12 King Clancy Memorial Trophy as the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, while making noteworthy humanitarian contributions in the community. The 16-year veteran turns 40 in December, leaving his NHL future uncertain if the season is canceled.


4 comments
kevin25
kevin25

Look years ago baseball did this and it cost us the world series, now hockey, how many lockouts can you have before the people who love the sport say WTH maybe soccer is good enough to replace you, it works for me, the frustration of it all as with baseball, I give up on you, i do not need hockey it actually needs me, if everyone out there takes this stance with pro sports this crap wouldn't happen every other year, we quit supporting their lameness and they will be forced to move on and get real people in there who love the sport for the sport and take the money they make off of it as a bonus. I would have played baseball for free given the chance when i was young enough, but now the only baseball i watch is the pee wee leagues locally. College sports do not have this issue because its played with heart not a pocket book, well history says otherwise but you get what i am saying. BAN THE NHL and watch the owners try to make ends meet when tickets go unpurchased and the stadiums and rinks go empty on game night for a season. People we have to stand up for us, and quit making the rich richer, tell hockey where they can go, there are sports out there that are not so screwed up by greed, and they are just as much fun to watch give hockey the same boot they are giving us, enough said sadly once the lockout ends you drones will go to the games anyway, its the way we are, too stupid to see how we are being screwed over and continue doing what we do, its too much effort to let em know how we feel and they are banking on the drones to come back, they are nothing without us, and you will still go, its sad. You can say i am wrong but you will be the one back in the rinks supporting the slugs who own the teams. peace everyone just venting, hockey is banned in this house, soccer is seeming to be a better sport until the greed hits there too

roderiques5898
roderiques5898

70% who the hell are you kidding. They forget who owns the team and who the employers are. They make a salary and still want part of the revenue, what a joke.  Why not the auto industry next and then who ever. The fans should not put up with this crap. The price of tickets in the NHL is so outrageous that I go to AHL games where I can still see a decent game for a fair price. The same goes for MLB. Unfortunately there is no NBDL teams in my area or I wwould watch them too. The pro athletes have fed of the fans for far too long and they need a dose of reality. If the owners have to raise ticket prices to keep the players salaries and all the other expenses then ticket sales will drop off because in this economy who can afford them. I hope the Europeans are enjoying their hockey because we the fans in the United States and Canada are not. NHL and players get your collective heads out of your collective asses and do what is right for the fans

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

 @roderiques5898 He wasn't suggesting 70% for the players, he was suggesting if the PA had done the same hard ball tactic as the owners that would have been what they asked for. It sounds ridiculous, but that's because it is.

Cool
Cool

NHL is over...owners are happy and players will make european hockey better and stronger.  Bettman can go try his hand as a Wal Mart greeter...he is finished!