The NHL’s dismissal of the three proposals the NHLPA countered with this afternoon obviously had the players feeling upset about things. Chief amongst them was Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
Crosby spoke with media after NHLPA chief executive Donald Fehr let his feelings be known about today’s developments and said the NHL doesn’t look like “a group willing to negotiate.”
Crosby elaborated saying, “When you make three proposals and get shut down in 10 minutes, it’s hard to think the other side really wants to negotiate.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the PR slings and arrows here, but it’s clear the players are far from happy the NHL didn’t take kindly to their proposals.
While it comes off as a lot of big talk from both sides, it’s not as if they’ve given each other the kiss-off and walked away. That said, it’s tough to feel positive as a fan or casual onlooker when the two sides are still lobbing verbal barbs at each other.