As of Tuesday afternoon – Day 59 of the NHL lockout – there were no new labour talks scheduled between the league and the players, which has left Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby – and others – frustrated.
“I don’t think there’s much negotiating going on. I think as far as the proposals are concerned it’s just kind of at a standstill right now,” Crosby told reporters after skating in Pittsburgh. “Nobody’s moving a whole lot on their side and I think that we’ve made steps to show that we’re willing to negotiate. I don’t think that’s really happening on the other side.
“The desperation to play doesn’t really seem like it’s on their side,” Crosby added. “I think there’s a deal to be made (but) I think negotiations have to be made if there’s going to be a deal. If it keeps going like this everybody’s going to lose, there’s no way around it.
“Everybody’s going to lose.”
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Meanwhile, former Canadien Mark Recchi told Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe that the longer the lockout drags on, the worse it’s going to be for the players.
“My advice,’’ said Recchi, who is now part owner of the Kamloops Blazers junior team, “is that the longer it goes, the worse (the offer) is going to get (for the players). Hey, I’m an owner, too, so I see both sides. We lose money on our team, and obviously that’s not the same, the money’s not nearly as significant as in the NHL, but the business dynamics are similar. We’ve lost money every year we’ve owned it.’’
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