The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs reports that Canadiens players Josh Gorges and Erik Cole weren’t impressed with the NHL’s latest labour tactic as news surfaced Tuesday that team owners and general managers were given a 48-hour window last week to speak with players about the league’s latest contract offer.
“I’m really not sure what the (NHL’s) goal was,” Gorges, the Habs’ newly elected NHL Players’ Association representative, told Stubbs. “I don’t know if it was to try to get GMs or whomever to call players to sway opinion about the league’s (bargaining) stance, or almost to lean on players. A lot of times, it’s tough for players to stand up to their GM and speak out against him.”
Said Cole: “Had they phoned me, I’d have declined to take their call. They could have left a message and maybe I’d have gotten back to them. I see this as the league trying to undermine our union and (executive director) Don Fehr.”
Stubbs reports it doesn’t seem that either Canadiens majority owner Geoff Molson or general manager Marc Bergevin took advantage of the NHL’s strictly outlined opportunity to speak with players.
You can read Stubbs’s column by clicking here.
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