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NHL player's message: Sign deal or it gets worse


08:14 AM ET 11.17 | Not long after hearing from the NHL's Bill Guerin, Dave Andreychuk has similar advice for the NBA's players. Don't do it. Don't even think about it. You will lose. And you will lose badly. You are the Washington Generals and the owners are the Harlem Globetrotters. "If players think it's better to sit out the season, let me tell (you), it's not. It's just not," Andreychuk says. "In the end, it will be worse." ... "As the pressure built -- after a month, two months, three months ??? it started to sink in," recalls Andreychuk, now a team executive with the Lightning. "Guys were saying to themselves, 'I'm 25 years old and hockey is how I make my living. We need to get a deal done.'"

Orlando Sentinel

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November 17, 2011  09:00 AM ET

I wish upon the star that the players will hear their message... going back to bed...

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November 17, 2011  09:23 AM ET

It's true. Players careers are pretty short to begin with. Throwing away a whole year of earning power will give them regrets forever.

Once again... I invoke the wisdom of Jerry Jones here...

"Don't let your money get mad..."

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November 17, 2011  09:32 AM ET

LOL! Wow.... This is news...

November 17, 2011  09:33 AM ET

That tells me that there may be more to the players concerns than just money. Perhaps there is principle behind this after all. I know the general public wants to believe that the players are devoid of that, but that may be a case of projection. Putting on the NBA players that which characterizes them.

The principle is false pride.

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November 17, 2011  09:53 AM ET

I'm willing to bet that the nba players won't heed Andreychuk's advice, because their massive egos are telling them that the public is begging for basketball to be played. Not so. The NHL is still recovering from that lost year, even with the hard-core Canadian hockey fans, and the nba players are fooling themselves if they think more than 10 percent of Americans really care if the nba is gone for a year or two.

November 17, 2011  10:00 AM ET

You Will Find Out The Hard Way, Bros.

November 17, 2011  10:05 AM ET

Don't follow hockey so I don't know how that whole deal turned out but it sounds like they weren't able to win any concessions in court or they would be advising the NBA players to do something different. High school and college kids should be watching this and think twice about running to the NBA. If the players in the middle of all of this had some education the outcome of this whole drama might have turned out different.

November 17, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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