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... but he's not the first

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Here's what some NHL players have said recently, only to clarify their own comments, presumably after a phone call from NHLPA headquarters:

Juraj Kolnik, Florida Panthers forward, this past weekend: "How many young guys would turn down the chance to play in the NHL? ... if the league drew a line and said the players and owners have finished negotiating and this is the best we can do, I would be there (at a training camp involving replacement players). I definitely would be there in a heartbeat."

Kolnik, on Monday: "I've had time to think about my commments and I know for sure that I would not play in the NHL again until both sides come to an agreement. I would not be a replacement player. I'm loyal to the union."

John Madden, New Jersey Devils forward, in mid-September: "It all comes down to what's fair. The only problem I'm having with things is believing whose numbers are right and whose numbers are wrong. Those are the big issues. And if it needs to have a cap, give it a cap, you know?"

Madden, the next day: "I was asked if my union decided to go along with a cap, would I accept that and I said, 'Yeah, I'd go along with my union.' The union obviously has our best interest in mind."

Steve Thomas, unrestricted free agent, on Aug. 19: "The fact that football and basketball both have a salary cap ... we can learn from how the day-to-day operations of those two entities work out and try and find some kind of common ground between what they're going through and what we have right now."

Thomas, the next day, said his comments were taken out of context.


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