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07:58 AM ET 10.25 | Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been particularly pointed with his criticism of the league during this lockout, and he sneaked in another shot while reiterating Wednesday that the NHLPA's biggest desire is to have their existing contracts honored. "To all of a sudden sign a deal that changes your life and makes things better for you and your family, someone tries to take that away from you, it's insulting and, quite frankly, it's embarrassing for (the league) as well," Toews said. "We only have a limited time to play and earn a living as hockey player's and we're doing everything we can. Every guy has worked hard for that. We can be proud to stand up for what we stood up for so far, and there's no shame in that."

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October 25, 2012  08:10 AM ET

So I guess those Canadian Tire ads aren't paying much, eh Johnny?

October 25, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So I guess those Canadian Tire ads aren't paying much, eh Johnny?

Crazy good...

October 25, 2012  09:19 AM ET

or teaching the double windsor knot (chekc out his tie from Thursdays presser)

October 25, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So I guess those Canadian Tire ads aren't paying much, eh Johnny?

Apples and oranges

October 25, 2012  09:35 AM ET

"To all of a sudden sign a deal that changes your life and makes things better for you and your family, someone tries to take that away from you, it's insulting

Okay, so maybe someone needs to learn what insulting is....that contract he signed? Not it

October 25, 2012  10:09 AM ET

I can only imagine the despair his Family will suffer with a 10% roll back. LOL I reluctantly agree with him on his base point. All existing idiotic contracts must be honored.

October 25, 2012  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"To all of a sudden sign a deal that changes your life and makes things better for you and your family, someone tries to take that away from you, it's insulting Okay, so maybe someone needs to learn what insulting is....that contract he signed? Not it

Don't think he's calling the contract insulting. The idea that the league can back out of signed contracts anytime it wants is insulting. It's like someone said the other day, it's as wrong as a player holding out for a new contract while the one he signed is still ongoing.

October 25, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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Don't think he's calling the contract insulting. The idea that the league can back out of signed contracts anytime it wants is insulting. It's like someone said the other day, it's as wrong as a player holding out for a new contract while the one he signed is still ongoing.

agreed...my short-sightedness

October 25, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Don't think he's calling the contract insulting. The idea that the league can back out of signed contracts anytime it wants is insulting. It's like someone said the other day, it's as wrong as a player holding out for a new contract while the one he signed is still ongoing.

I and I think most others on these threads agree with you entirely on this. I cannot see any possibility that this will end until the league agrees to honor all contracts signed before September 15 . And this will probably require a several year period to adjust the salary cap for teams with existing multi-year contracts. I don't think that would be impossible or unworkable and it would take very little effort on the part of both sides.

October 25, 2012  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I can only imagine the despair his Family will suffer with a 10% roll back. LOL I reluctantly agree with him on his base point. All existing idiotic contracts must be honored.

Amen!!





I don't supose the NHL will roll back the cost to fans 10%

October 25, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Amen!!I don't supose the NHL will roll back the cost to fans 10%

C'mon hbomb. They're talking 'bout free beer, half-price tix and free flights to away games. They care about you and me. Don't be ungrateful now. :)

October 25, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I and I think most others on these threads agree with you entirely on this. I cannot see any possibility that this will end until the league agrees to honor all contracts signed before September 15 . And this will probably require a several year period to adjust the salary cap for teams with existing multi-year contracts. I don't think that would be impossible or unworkable and it would take very little effort on the part of both sides.

+1

October 25, 2012  11:17 AM ET
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Amen!!I don't supose the NHL will roll back the cost to fans 10%

They'll paint "Thank you fans" on the ice when the season resumes and that's all you'll get and you'll like it.

October 25, 2012  11:20 AM ET
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They'll paint "Thank you fans again" on the ice when the season resumes and that's all you'll get and you'll like it.

Fixed

October 25, 2012  11:25 AM ET

We only have a limited time to play and earn a living as hockey player's and we're doing everything we can. Every guy has worked hard for that.

We agree Jonathan...and those 4th line guys that help make get you those huge contracts will likely never see the NHL ice again after this year...but what the heck, you talented stars will still get your millions...while the work horse 4th liners will be exchanged for younger or less expensive replacements who will wear their numbers next season.

October 25, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So I guess those Canadian Tire ads aren't paying much, eh Johnny?

Is he the one dressed like an old broad and throws one threw the window??

October 25, 2012  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

They'll paint "Thank you fans" on the ice when the season resumes and that's all you'll get and you'll like it.

oh I used to DREAM of getting a "thank you fans"
When there was a lockout in the olde days, when they came back we all got a kiick in the tuchas and were told to sit down and be quiet

October 25, 2012  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Fixed

True. Tho, in Montreal it will "Merci, encore, clientele".

October 25, 2012  11:57 AM ET
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oh I used to DREAM of getting a "thank you fans"When there was a lockout in the olde days, when they came back we all got a kiick in the tuchas and were told to sit down and be quiet

Sounds like the old Python bit: "we used to dream of a tarpaulin....."


We had to wake up, before we went to bed.....and clean the road with our tongues....

 
October 25, 2012  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Sounds like the old Python bit: "we used to dream of a tarpaulin....."We had to wake up, before we went to bed.....and clean the road with our tongues....

You had it easy!!

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