PILSEN, Czech Republic -- Travelling Worldstar players weren't shocked to find out the NHL has said no to the NHLPA offer to cut salaries by 24% and get back to playing hockey. "I think we kind of expected that,'' said Rob Blake when the players received word of the NHL saying no to the players' offer and an intent to make their own offer today.
"We expected them to come back with an offer tied to cost certainty,'' said Blake.
"I can't see us making any more concessions. Buy your Christmas presents. Obviously we're not going to be back playing by Christmas.''
Blake said the players didn't come over here thinking they'd be flying home for a start of a shortened NHL season before playing all 10 games on the tour.
"I don't think it's a surprise to anybody,'' said Tony Amonte. "I think we made a pretty serious offer. I think it was a great one.
''Everybody was shocked about 24%. But we didn't expect they'd just take it with no more negotiations. We'll see what happens.''
IMG agent J.P. Barry, travelling with the tour which involves several clients, says "it's obvious the NHL time line is not now.
''I don't expect the players to have much more to offer than what they offered.''