Boston Bruins' Mark Recchi pours champagne into the Stanley Cup after his team defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff in Vancouver, British Columbia June 15, 2011. (REUTERS)
Mark Recchi has advice for the players: Take the money and get back to work.
The 44-year-old Recchi, who retired after he won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, told the Boston Globe Tuesday the players would be better off cutting their losses and getting a new CBA in place with the NHL.
"My advice is that the longer it goes, the worse (the offer) is going to get (for the players)," Recchi said.
A part-owner of the Kamloops Blazers with Dallas Stars owner Tom Gagliardi, along with Phoenix Coyotes centre Shane Doan and Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla, Recchi has sat on the other side of the table.
"Hey, I'm an owner, too, so I see both sides," he told The Globe. "We lose money on our team, and obviously that's not the same, the money's not nearly as significant as in the NHL, but the business dynamics are similar. We've lost money every year we've owned it."
Recchi said the players are fighting a losing battle.
"The longer they're out, the revenues are going to go down and down," said Recchi. "Corporate sponsors aren't going to be lining up ... so there goes that money. The schedule isn't going to be 82 games, I don't think, at this point. That's more money lost. So, how are you going to get a better deal? Personally, I think the best time is now."