Pothier admits he's antsy

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

NHL Players' Association boss Bob Goodenow could face an avalanche of questions when he sits down with the union's executive committee next week in Toronto.

While Flames defenceman Mike Commodore said yesterday that he'd accept a salary cap to get the issue settled, Senators defenceman Brian Pothier admitted yesterday that he's confused on where he stands as the NHL lockout drags on.

"I'm going through a lot of different feelings and a lot of different emotions," Pothier told The Team 1200 in an interview from Binghamton yesterday. "The league makes a good point and the (players' association) makes a good point.

"I'm in Binghamton playing because I need to pay the bills. The guys who are making the decisions (for the union) are making big money. They can take three, four, five (years) or the rest of their lives off and they don't have to work again."

Pothier said he has had a face-to-face chat with Goodenow and Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson -- a VP on the executive committee -- to let them know his feelings.

"The guys who have the final say in making decisions make quite a few bucks and speak for the rest of us. I sat down with Bob Goodenow and voiced my opinion on how I feel. Alfie has been great about listening to guys like us and our concerns," said Pothier.

"I asked (Goodenow), what about a guy like me who only has a short window of opportunity or a guy like Josh Langfeld. This isn't about one guy. It's about the collective. This isn't just about now, it's about 10 years down the road and how it affects them."

Asked if he'd like to see the union take a secret ballot to see where the players stand, Pothier, who was scheduled to make $625,000 US this season in Ottawa, chose his words carefully.

"It'd be a very interesting vote," he admitted. "You know one good thing: How players feel. It couldn't hurt anybody. Sometimes you get a few guys making decisions for a bunch of guys. Sometimes the communication isn't great. Unfortunately, that's the way the union is structured and there's not a whole lot that you can do."


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