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11-17-2012, 05:51 PM
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ie. Chris Phillips was one of those chirping Recchi; Recchi "uninformed" when it comes to CBA according to Phillips:
Is Mark Recchi angling for a job with the NHL or with an NHL team?

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips was wondering aloud about that possibility Wednesday, when asked about Recchi’s comments that players should accept the NHL’s latest offer to end the NHL lockout. Recchi, the now retired feisty winger who played 24 years in the league, told the Boston Globe Tuesday that from here on in, the offers are only going to get worse.

“I guess I would say it’s an uninformed answer, unless he’s now tied in with ownership somewhere or wants to get involved with ownership and trying to take that side,” said Phillips, the Senators player representative. “Unless you’re on the calls and know what’s going on all the time, I don’t know what those comments are based on. Because he’s not involved.”

Phillips says it’s possible that the NHL has already tabled its best offer, but he doesn’t believe that’s the case.
New voices needed in labor talks; time for moderates on both sides to shift the conversation before it's too late:
As the lockout drags on -- the latest news is that commissioner Gary Bettman wants a two-week break from talks, according to sources -- there are increasing whispers that moderates on both sides would much rather come to an agreement than see another NHL season go down the drain.

Problem is, these moderates are not at the negotiating table and their opinions don't seem to be driving the talks. How else do you explain such a lack of progress that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he was more discouraged now than at any other point in the negotiations?
This scribe has spoken to various NHL players throughout the lockout, and often the players have been asking what's going on instead of the writer learning details from the players. The NHLPA continues to preach transparency, and Fehr vehemently defended himself against NHL accusations that he wasn't relaying all of what has been discussed inside the negotiating meetings.

An NHL player who was on the last teleconference held by Fehr with the players differs with Fehr's assessment. In a conversation with, the player wondered whether players who aren't in attendance at the negotiations have been privy to all the information and details of each proposal that has been made.

"In the last conference call, a player asked Don why he was learning details of the NHL's last proposal through the media and not via Don or the players in attendance," the player told "Don and some other players called that player out and basically embarrassed him for asking that."

Instead of being shouted down, this player should stand as an example of what's necessary to move the needle in these negotiations: More players need to press their leadership on the importance of not losing any more time. They've been too passive in counting on Fehr's judgment to guide them through this mess. More players should be asking questions. More players should be speaking up.

With the negotiating process at such a do-or-die point, would it hurt for players like Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference -- who has expressed unwavering support for Fehr since helping him become executive director -- to come home from Europe and stand by their comrades in the meetings?

Now is the time for all opinions (popular or not) to be heard and respected, not just those that have been heard regularly. It's time for new voices to enter the discussion. Instead of remaining anonymous for this story, that unnamed player could've helped the cause and stood up for the player who was called out for asking questions.

It's time for the NHLPA to act like a real union and be open to other opinions, not just the stubborn ones currently guiding the talks.

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