Clowe: “We’re not going to get pushed around”

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San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe put up a strong front while discussing the players’ side of the lockout with ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

“Players are on the same page,” Clowe said. “No one’s cracking. We’re informed and updated and guys have a good understanding of what’s going on.”

“We’re hockey players … We’re not going to get pushed around.”

The escrow issue resonated with Clowe, in particular.

” … Contracts have been signed, both the owners and the players have signed these contracts. Now they’re trying to take whatever percentage off the top?,” Clowe said. “It’s all about principle. It’s a handshake and an agreement. Why did all these owners rush to sign all these players before the lockout?”

Much like his Sharks teammate Dan Boyle, Clowe doesn’t think that owners are as unified as it may seem.

“I’m sure there are owners that want to be playing now and probably like our last proposal,” Clowe said. “Obviously Gary has done a good job keeping the reins tight. But I can’t believe how the owners are kept on the back burner like that.”

Read the full story for Clowe’s thoughts on going overseas and his expanded lockout opinions.