SUN Hockey Pool

Warrener plans to chip in

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

It won't be just Jarome Iginla representing the disturbers at next week's NHLPA gathering. With the way some Flames have piped up recently -- notably Andrew Ference and Mike Commodore -- it will take a double-team effort at Tuesday's meeting in Toronto.

Enter Rhett Warrener.

"We're the troublemakers, eh?" Warrener said with a laugh.

"That's good. We want to win the Cup and you can't win it if you're sitting on your couch."

Warrener is currently skating with the U of C Dinos. But it's not because he has inside information.

"It means I'm hopeful," he said. "I would really like to get going. In my opinion, they've really got to get talking again and work something out. Both sides are gonna lose."

That's a message he'll take -- along with a few others -- to his union brothers next week.

"I'm not officially the rep but the other day Iggy asked if I wanted to go down to the meetings and I said I'd love to. In the meantime, I've been e-mailing all the guys and trying to get a feel of what their opinion is," Warrener said. "There's a lot of common thoughts and ideas and themes that have come in. The biggest one is let's get talking."

Whether the talks will lead to ending the now six-week impasse remains to be seen but the defenceman is certain it won't be a futile meeting.

"I expect it to be pretty, uh, colourful. Maybe that's the word," he said. "I expect there to be a lot of opinions. I expect there to be lots of posturing. I don't know how to put it but I expect something to come out of it. For a month and a half, there's been nothing. I would say 99 percent of the guys would say let's get pro-active and meet every day.

"If you can't figure it out that day, go back at it the next day. You can't shut your phones off and lock your doors."

Warrener doesn't want a salary cap -- which the league has said it'll take to bring a new CBA -- but he wouldn't chastise Commodore for saying he'd be willing to listen to a deal that includes a cap.

"I don't think a salary cap's an option, certainly not in my mind," Warrener said.

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion."


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