After 113 days and 655 games lost to the NHL lockout, the Canadiens’ Erik Cole is excited about finally getting back to work, but is of several minds in trying to process what transpired.
“The initial feeling on Sunday (when tentative agreement was reached) was more relief than anything,” Cole told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs in a wide-ranging talk this week. “But at the same time, there was little bit of, ‘(Expletive), why did it take this long? Why did we even have to go through that?’ You run the gamut of emotions when you look at what this all finished off at and realistically, you can say, ‘Man, if (owners) had come to us and had an honest discussion with us, this probably wouldn’t have lasted half as long as it did.’ ”
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologized to fans for the lockout during a news conference Wednesday in New York after team owners voted in favour of ratifying the new collective bargaining agreement.
“To the players who were very clear they wanted to be on the ice and not negotiating labour contracts, to our partners who support the league financially and personally, and most importantly to our fans, who love and have missed NHL hockey, I’m sorry,” Bettman said in a prepared statement. “I know that an explanation or an apology will not erase the hard feelings that have built up over the past few months but I owe you an apology nevertheless.”
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