I, like most have felt the seemingly unending train of optimism that has followed the CBA talks of late, but listening to an interview with nashville's Scott Walker on the TEAM 1040 has put a serious damper on my optimism and presented a new problem that I think most take for granted. Walker said that he believes the ratification process will be extremely close and his gut feeling is that it will be 60/40 AGAINST RATIFICATION. He went on to say that even if it passes he feels many who vote against will leave to play in europe.
Anyways something to consider for those who believe that "agreeing in principle" is the end of the line....apparently there is even more to worry about is this GIANT MESS.
If it passes and players go to europe then I say good riddance and wave bye to them. Screw any player who votes against the deal or leaves because of it. I dont want them around in the NHL anyways.
All the teams should take it upon themselves to not sign any of these guys bad mouthing the talks. Id love to see some players careers over and rotting away in Europe.
I still don't get this line about the players being the greedy one in this mess. Both sides are at fault for screwing people out of hockey over money, not just one. It's millionaires and billionaires for crying out loud. And I'd guess the lower salary scale players (like Walker) are much closer to genuine financial pressure after losing a year's salary than the BOG.
Furthermore, voting against ratification doesn't mean the players are "greedy." Rather, it means they're unhappy with the CBA presented which has hundreds upon hundreds of facets besides salary measures. Although I don't expect it to be overturned in the ratification process (provided the PA's executive board comes out unaminously or heavily in favor of approving it), it wouldn't suprise me if it happened and the players asked for concessions on some of the lower-end stuff. The BOG has clearly gotten what they wanted in the form of salary structure. If they pushed through several unpopular amendments in addition to this, it will be an extremely hard sell to the players.
Umm, I might be wrong, and a likely a few of the Preds fans would know better, but wasn't Walkers last contract something like 3 years and between $2.5 and $3 mill a season?
Walks is the heart and soul of the Preds. The real captain of the team. (Sorry Johnny.) The way he approached the game of hockey and how he handled himself on the ice is the same way he handled the lockout situation: head-on, no looking back, strong-willed. He is catching a lot of flack here for what he has said in his role as team rep. But, that's just him. Heart on his sleeve. Tells you what he thinks.
The opportunity that the Preds gave him 1998 has led directly to his success and nice new contract. But, we readily remember when he was a 4th liner with the Nucks, making in the low, low six figures, and now he is whinning about $$.