pelts35 nailed it. Put a microphone in front of these morons and they claim this whole dispute is "not just for them, but all the guys who are on their way up". Yet they will completely de-rail the career of a guy just so they can stay in shape or because they got bored.
Some of these minor leaguers work their butts off and then spend their summer job money driving to free agent camps or tryouts because they have a dream - kudos to them. They earn a roster spot then a millionaire can come along and take their job at the drop of a hat. I guess that is what they call a life lesson.
These guys want to stay in shape and not be bored?? Quit "tweeting", turn off the video game, go hit the gym for a couple of hours and then go volunteer at a food bank. Get some perspective and quit stealing jobs. The trickle down from this goes far deeper than people realize.
People say the players are only in it for the money. So when an NHLer signs on to play for about 1/10th of his normal salary because he loves the game means hes a jerk for taking a job away from someone else. Catch .22 I guess around here.
Somehow I think you would feel differently if you a player who got cut because the NHLer who is out of work took your roster spot.
And I'd probably have a different opinion on progressive taxation rates if I were a billionaire, so what? Pro sports is a business at all levels where underperforming players can, and will, get dropped in favor of better athletes in a heartbeat. If some somebody gets cut because an NHLer is playing in the ECHL, then there probably wasn't much of a safety net around him anyway, was likely the worst (or one of the worse) players on the team as it was, and was very likely on the verge of being released regardless.
Plus, let's face it, having an NHLer on the roster probably will put more butts in the seats versus career minor leaguers, and that's good for the league as a whole, too.
ECHL rosters are full of guys who would be playing at a higher level this year. What's one more? I know here in Idaho the Steelheads have never had more than 3 assignees from the AHL. Usually a goalie, a forward and a defenseman. This years roster has 9 and some of them haven't played an ECHL game in 3 or more years. The AHL is in the same boat having NHL guys on their teams and forced these guys down to the ECHL. The trickle down is just a product of the mess of the lockout. The fringe ECHL guy out of work is no different than the food vendor or the ticket agent at an NHL arena or the bartender at the bar next to the arena. It sucks for a lot of people.
When the lockout ends it will all flow in the other direction. ECHL rosters will empty out and out of work guys will get jobs. There is a bottom of the food chain in everything and they are always the ones who seem to suffer at the hands of others.