Craig Conroy could be one of the NHL's greatest spokesmen. Instead, the former Flames captain aimed his unbridled anger at the league for yesterday's fiasco. The sides met in New York amid rumours a new CBA was a done deal but fans were once again left with disappointment.
"This is just brutal. It's a joke for the league. The league is a joke. It looks Mickey Mouse," Conroy said. "I've had enough.
"Hockey fans were getting excited. How mad are they now in Canada?"
The always exuberant Conroy believed the lockout would end, especially with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux joining the talks.
"I've got to believe Gretzky and Lemieux were there to get it done but before they could do it their hands got tied," said the centre. "What could have been a great story, Gretzky and Lemieux save the season. Now they're saying, 'Even Gretzky and Lemieux can't do it.' It's done."
Flames defenceman Steve Montador also felt the sting of disappointment, he said.
"You'd think we would learn from experience. Over the last month and a half, just because they're talking doesn't mean a deal's going to get done," he said philosophically.