Player: Bettman 'misrepresenting' NHLPA movements


Player: Bettman 'misrepresenting' NHLPA movements

After all of that 50-50 talk, there's no deal.
By now, you've heard from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. You've heard from NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.
But as for the 18 players who were inside the negotiation room in Toronto, they don't believe the owners are even considering -- right now, at least -- any of the three proposals that the NHLPA made on Thursday.
"They're just trying to squeeze us as much as they can," said one NHL player who was inside the negotiation room in Toronto. "I honestly don't think they would even talk about anything we offer. They're just sweating us. We saw the same tactics with the NBA and NFL."
Gary Bettman described the NHLPA's counter-proposals as a step backwards. But the players don't see it that way.
"We gave them three different ways to get to 50 percent," said the NHL player who was involved in the negotiations on Thursday. "We again moved towards them in every one."
As usual, the biggest issue is money.
"The owners want more of ours," said the player. "We would like to be paid -- at least most of -- what they have agreed to pay us."
After seeing Bettman's reaction to Thursday's hour-long meeting -- that none of the NHLPA's three proposals came close to 50-50 -- an NHL player involved in Thursday's negotiations in Toronto seemed rattled.
"His ability to lie to the camera blows me away," said the player. "He is definitely misrepresenting how much we moved. We get to 50 percent in each proposal."
The same player "guessed" that there will be some sort of communication between the NHLPA and Bettman next week.
"We have to continue to work with them," he said. "And if they want to play so badly, they can repeal the lockout."

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

The Bruins took care of their biggest priority today as they reached agreement with Brad Marchand on an eight-year contract extension, according to several reports.

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Elliotte Friedman reports Marchand has agreed to an eight year, $49 million extension ($6.125 million per season) that will effectively allow him to finish his career in Boston.

It was felt the Bruins would have been playing with fire if they allowed Marchand -- a 37-goal scorer last year -- to start the season unsigned, especially after he ripped up the World Cup of Hockey competition on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby. Bruins president Cam Neely told CSN a couple of weeks ago that Boston was aiming to get the deal done with Marchand prior to the start of the regular season. In fact, they managed to get it done before the start of even the preseason.

Marchand has consistently said that he wants to finish out his career with the Bruins, who drafted and developed him and with whom he turned into an elite player in the last couple of years. He’s clearly taking a hometown discount to stick with Boston.

This is what Marchand said to CSN on breakup day last April:

“I obviously love being a part of this organization, this city and this team, and I don’t think this team is done having some good runs. I would love to be a part of this organization for the rest of my career, but the reality is when you look around the league that it doesn’t happen for many guys. We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”

Well, the time came and Marchand put his money where his sometimes big mouth usually is. The Bruins agitator easily could have demanded a yearly salary of $7 million-plus in free agency.

Credit to Don Sweeney and Neely for closing the deal with Marchand, and ticking one very important thing off their checklist that will help make the Bruins great again.

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?


Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.