Originally Posted by Bomm Bastic
I don't think players should be faulted for wanting the money promised to them in contracts they signed in good faith.
The PA may have their faults, but I have no pity for owners who throw gobs of cash at players via obscenely front-loaded contracts in an attempt to circumvent the very CBA they demanded the players sign during their last go-around....only to then cry poor when their ill-managed team fails to make the playoffs (continually), and demands Bettman to do something about it.
That's just a kick in my nuts.
I don't blame the players either for being right ripped about how this all went down. Both sides, like you said, are totally to blame.
I just found it really irritating that other people are being forced to take a pay cut because the players won't - and in some cases two layers of people (other players in other leagues and other employees connected to the NHL). Some folks might want to defend unions but the NHLPA isn't even behaving like how a normal union behaves in the way that they are stealing jobs from others.