November 23, 2012
Ray Whitney on NHL lockout: 'They want everything'Calls league's top brass a bunch of 'schoolyard bullies'
By QMI Agency
Add aging veteran Ray Whitney to the chorus of frustrated voices of locked-out NHLers.
Whitney, who is going through the third work stoppage of an NHL career that has included stops in San Jose, Florida, Columbus, Carolina, Phoenix and Dallas, likened the league to a bully in a report posted on ESPN.com Friday.
"They're like schoolyard bullies right now; they want everything," he said. "That's not negotiating. With us coming down to 50-50 (split of revenues), I don't see the need for this to go as long as this has.
"We have to stop the cycle of work stoppages. It kills the game. And I'm not saying this to kiss up to them, but it's not fair to the fans."
The 40-year-old could be one of the players forced into retirement if the lockout wipes out the 2012-13 NHL season.
WAR OF WORDS
A number of NHLers have hurled insults at the league and its owners the last few months. Here are a few of the most notable -- and offensive:
Bruins centre David Krejci to Czech publication iSport.cz …
“(Bettman) does what he wants. We want to play, we're the ones who are (negotiating). It is unfortunate that the NHL have such a guy. It's a shame for the entire hockey world. (He) treats us like animals … Bettman took during the last lockout $3.5 million, now it's at $8 million.”
Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg on TSN radio …
"I'm really frustrated. It's not good. You do try to look at the best-case scenarios moving forward once the CBA does get done and you've got to look for the cancers and you've got to cut out cancers. I think when you look at Bill Daly and Bettman, they've been polluting this game for far too long. I think in order to get the fans tastes back in their mouth I think you've got to look at (firing them), especially when the CBA is over."
Detroit Red Wings defenceman Ian White to Motown reporters …
“I gotta be honest: I personally think (Bettman’s) an idiot. Since he’s come in, I think he’s done nothing but damage the game.”
San Jose Sharks winger Martin Havlat to CSSNE.com …
“I think it helps that the fans get to hear what we already know. We're not humans in their eyes; we're just pieces of meat that get to eat some grass for awhile."
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic to CSSNE.com …
“You'd think people would treat you better than as just an animal.”
Former Leafs centre Jeff O'Neill on Twitter ...
“And (Gary) Bettman stop talking to the media. I wanna 'make whole' in your (F------) head."