Phaneuf: Why aren’t they at the table?

- December 20th, 2012

If there was an NHL season underway, Dion Phaneuf would have been playing in his old Calgary stomping grounds on Wednesday night rather than the re-vamped and downsized Maple Leaf Gardens.
Being locked out of the Saddledome and all other NHL arenas, the Maple Leafs captain has been feeling the frustration of a season slipping away because of the labour impasse.
“Right now, the most disappointing thing is they won’t come back to the table,” Phaneuf said following a charity game at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. “Until they come back to the table, it’s tough to get a deal done.”
When informed of NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly’s comments earlier in the day on Hockey Night In Canada Radio that he believes there will still be a season, Phaneuf said bring it on.
“Then I’d like to ask (Daly) why they aren’t back at the table,” Phaneuf said. “For him to say that, that’s great. I’m optimistic. Until (NHL commissioner Gary Bettman) comes out and says the season is cancelled, I’m optimistic we’re going to play.
“It’s an up-and-down, emotional roller coaster. Some days we seem to be betting closer and other days we get further apart.
“It has been tough. We love to play the game and it’s our job. Going through this, it’s not a fun time.”

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6 comments

  1. Jeff Stockton says:

    I have to agree. I heard Daly speaking on one of the sports talk shows, and he said something I couldn’t understand. He said something to the effect of, “We offered a deal, the union agreed to it, but they wanted one thing added to it. Automatically, Daly said, Ok, then we want something back too! And within minutes, the deal was off! WTF??? You offer something, then take it back? The union agreed on everything you offered except one particular thing, so you start taking things off the table? That doesn’t make sense!!! THAT is why both Daly and Bettman should be canned when this thing is over, and I don’t think there will be a season at all. What if there is a season now? 2-1/2 months of crappy hockey, then a shortened playoff for someone to win it with an asterisk beside it? It wouldn’t be right. One team gets hot or lucky for a month, someone’s injured because of lack of training camps, and the team that wins, doesn’t feel good about anything. It’s over for this year. Get rid of Bettman and Daly and put some real hockey men in their places with Gretzky and Lemieux, respectively. Niagara, On.

  2. Larry Bodnar says:

    I think the players have it all wrong. While negotiating, they (the players) have to defend their salaries and contracts. The owner have to defend against income losses due to ticket sales and seats not being filled. A much smarter move should incorporate a move to form a new league other than the NHL. If the owners do not wish to contribute an appropriate share of the ticket income and media contracts then the players should set up a research team to investigate how many of the arenas they played in during a regular season would be willing to negotiate contracts with the players association under a new league schedule incorporating all of the current NHL players. There would be a number of difficulties no doubt but it would be do-able as there would be only one league operational until such time as when the older NHL could re-organize themselves with new players etc. I think just the threat of such a move would upset Mr. Bettman and we would be watching the NHL once again on Saturday nights.

  3. thom says:

    Whenever I read about contract strife and lockouts or stalled negotiations I think of one solution. Once the impasse is apparent, lock the combatants, 3 from each camp, in a small room with enough food and water for 14 days, a single washroom and two uncomfortable cots. One independant number cruncher each camp can use to calculate monetary changes as they occurr must be allowed. I am sure they would want to get out sooner than later. After the food and water run out, and the toilet paper is all gone we might see results……………

  4. franc black says:

    “…because of the labour impasse”

    could read

    “…because of the ownership impasse”

    It is a lock out, you know. The owners are completely empowered to give us NHL hockey, but have decided not to.

    Well, at least we know which side you are on.

  5. Mike Harris says:

    Given the lack of ability to keep a high dollar business in place for any real length o f time, particularily when it pertains to the Commission of the top 3 or 4 sports factions in North America, Mr. Bettman has outlived his usefulness and his 8+M $ per year salary. The inabilities he has shown in the sports world, compared to what’s happening in the NBA, NFL and MLB, is that he is a person with himself at the forefront. It is time to make a change and in the majority of cases, the change starts at the top, most particularily when the top of the food chain has has become totally ineffective. His decisions have produced too many negative effects on the whole and complete realm of Hockey in Canada and the US, its’ players and all those that generate revenue for this wonderful sport. It doesn’t take a mentalist to see that most of what comes out of his mouth is a lie. Watch his eyes at any of the performances that he grants. As for Bill, it appears that he only says what he is told. As for Don. it’s time to go back to being just what you may or may not have been before the NHL. Let the players do what they do best and that is to play the game to generate the bucks for themselves and for the owners, all factions of workers and for those that pay to watch the game, the fans.

  6. Douglas Coffey says:

    I think the American “Fehr ” is the worst thing to happen to our game..He’s a plague…Without him issues would have been resolved weeks ago….Another point,, WHY dont we have our own version of the NHL in Canada..WHY do we have to rely on Americans to make our decisions…The major share of income dollars comes from Canadian teams, why not just have our own league,,,or do we need the Americans to hold our hands for us..

    C’MON CANADA , WHO NEEDS THE YANKS

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