Shawn Thornton on why players haven't accepted deal
Tue, 18 Sep 2012|
Shawn Thornton joins Sports Tonight to give his side on why the players have not accepted the owners deal.
-- this -- of being almost a joke where you know every every few years ago revisit the same. The same thing and you know. When years explain one way -- when it's when another way but the bottom line is missing hockey games and -- launch codes. And assistant to cycle of you know nonsense of it where you eventually have to say enough is enough now. Andrew Ference isn't playing hockey and his face looks perfect he's pretty that the front -- isn't playing hockey. And your face is still all messed up record February you know whats up with us. It just happened like an hour and a half because those that does it suit and those things where it was easily ropes and -- -- -- I don't usually -- have run very you know a bit softer Brazilian restaurant -- -- it was a somebody's foot so -- martial arts training that's what you're doing how could -- not playing hockey -- -- -- to -- -- -- -- -- -- learning experience some news was not -- right. I feel bottle this and it's obvious question but frustrated angry. Would like just playing but obviously it's our hands right now. Seems like it's just another money Trabant. -- fixing things are. Stance -- looking for ways to fix that you. League doesn't mean wanna hear -- to our our ideas so. Really have to sit back and wait and has -- talks last couple days hope you're talking incessantly. -- some common ground don't. Last that I missed an entire season you have any feeling for this year I don't. -- that everyone saying different things Christmas -- -- I really have no clue. In the dark really. All right I don't think the owners have done a good job that all of stating their case in fact a case to me is very confusing. The other saying players are overpaid yet Jerry Jacobs is leading the charge just signed three players for combined eighty million dollars or something like that they say they want five year Max lines. That he just gave Sagan sex somehow did understand what the owners cases give the players case -- we've accepted their deal. Or right outside either point 4% rolled up his first offer of -- eighteen to twenty depending on. Certain numbers. We're just. We wanna fix that we know this and there's some markets that are in trouble and we want to help those markets. -- growing the game in those markets and going forward but. Just reaching your pockets taking 20% of our contracts that we negotiated in good faith we don't think is the answer I mean tickets when -- sent in my money and giving just as much as Toronto is given to Phoenix and and wherever else it's making the rich teams Richard let's not -- -- we've been doing that the last seven years it's not helping anyone. Well doesn't -- the fact that Jeremy Jacobs decided those contracts and other a big market teams you know are are paying these players doesn't -- the system works for most of the league just doesn't work for the small teams to -- immediate the issue is there between. Those big owners and small owners not the players you. I mean you think commitment we had. Leopold in the in the negotiating committee here for the PK yes. Saying how terrible it is he was doing many signed you know 240 million dollars with the contracts to guys or fourteen years the next -- It's very confusing for everyone us included where it's tough to believe it sometimes. But we're trying to figure out a way to get through it. Well it's the theory that by signing. Marchand -- and in this -- is that they are hoping is going to be a roll back so they gonna get a deal on the contracts that they made. I mean. I think maybe I I just would like to know what the reaction if want the other way if I just showed up in September and some up plenty of -- when he more percent to I felt like a sign of bad deal I mean. That's our contracts -- negotiated in good faith as far as we're concerned and those that are. No matter what the number is who it is -- almost bigger I think that's a contract and at that looks like. Whether they're gonna do -- a law itself for a few months at that point sent back or forcing us to take -- -- you know -- that that's kind of the way they're bargaining right now we're fixing him. Either make you feel that Jacobs is leading the charge again. I don't know what's going on behind closed doors there we see scary front everything I don't know who's really in charge but. And then whoever it is nice we could sit -- face of. So what are you gonna do or you know there's some of these other players and I I'd I'd I thought about this -- the day that'll. -- no -- game Pavel Datsyuk guys like this are gonna go play in Russia the KHL. Which is allowing their teams to play players 65%. Of what they make in the NHL for you get involved in -- eight and a half million dollars a year. That means he can go to Russia which is home up and take between five and six million dollars this year which to me is. Incredible leverage for a guy like -- Screw this. Oh let's go home -- five million bucks I'm not signing a bad deal while I do that. I think that puts the owners of a rough spot and then could lead to a long locked up for a guy like you whether opportunities for you you hope. I'm certain we'll -- -- it's my ducks are -- if comes. Still optimistic and so hopefully get this done the next little bit I don't have to worry about it but. Also going to -- my pants on either so. Well yeah I -- I remember Billy Garrett at the -- -- the last hole where he said he said I think -- during the NFL lockout goes look. He said I've lost eight million bucks nine million bucks and it's into the year we still lost -- so what you wanna be strong. You also have to be thinking in the back your mind how long do we go with this because -- -- get -- Well it at the end of the day it's not about just this year it's -- the future of the guys -- behind you mean this has happened a few times last well since Gary took over self. There's a lot of guys like Billy Guerin and other guys that had to sacrifice a lot but I used as a make and 600 and the loss of last year and never got to make that back. You can't forget that so you set things up for the futures not just the vote. And unselfishly. What sock from you lose and a years pay you out if that putter for the rest my life I don't make enough. To keep going on -- one out in the bank but. It's for the guys behind you that's kind of have to have a you have to look at it because it can really screw up the guys 510 years on the road.