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08:24 AM ET 10.29 | While many players have taken shots at the league, Jack Johnson's personal blog screed on Sunday came with a twist. [Johnson's] blog is officially linked to off the NHL.com website, giving his page an officially sanctioned look with an NHL.com Network strip. ... "I have a duty to my team, the organization that has given me this opportunity, and the fans in the stands to give them my best at all times. The concept that the owners are trying to dismantle existing contracts that they in good faith offered, signed, and committed to is appalling, unprofessional and disgraceful. I negotiated my own contract, without an agent, with the confidence and belief that the owner offering me that contract operated by the same convictions and principals as I do."

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October 29, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Jackets' Johnson blogs on 'appalling ... disgraceful' play of Blue Jackets....would be the title if we had a season right now

October 29, 2012  08:59 AM ET

I negotiated my own contract, without an agent, with the confidence and belief that the owner offering me that contract operated by the same convictions and principals as I do.



I second that emotion...

October 29, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Well put Mr. Johnson !

October 29, 2012  09:35 AM ET

"The concept that the owners are trying to dismantle existing contracts that they in good faith offered, signed, and committed to is appalling, unprofessional and disgraceful."

Well, Jack, the concept that you get paid obscene amounts of money to play a kids game while the rest of the world works their butts off to make your lavish lifestyle possible is also "appalling, unprofessional .... disgraceful" and ... offensive.

October 29, 2012  09:36 AM ET

"I negotiated my own contract, without an agent, with the confidence and belief that the owner offering me that contract operated by the same convictions and principals as I do."

Jack, it's that type of poor reading of the situation that has people saying you're a bust.

October 29, 2012  10:12 AM ET

"I negotiated my own contract".

(I am an incredibly naive, trusting individual who has entrusted a business tycoon to honour said contract. )

All over America, team owners are chuckling over this dude. Pay the 10% brother, have a pro run your numbers for ya.

October 29, 2012  10:14 AM ET



Sing it Jack.....

October 29, 2012  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well put Mr. Johnson !

The Buttgoblin's reply.

October 29, 2012  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"The concept that the owners are trying to dismantle existing contracts that they in good faith offered, signed, and committed to is appalling, unprofessional and disgraceful."Well, Jack, the concept that you get paid obscene amounts of money to play a kids game while the rest of the world works their butts off to make your lavish lifestyle possible is also "appalling, unprofessional .... disgraceful" and ... offensive.

How so? No one is putting a gun to anyone's head and forcing them to buy tickets or jerseys or any other hockey related item. It's called the free market. The players and owners get what they can based on what the market will support. And, the market is made up of the fans who willingly spend some of their disposable income on the sport. Can't blame the players for that. If you don't like their salaries, look in the mirror first and ask how much you contribute to it by supporting the league.

October 29, 2012  11:45 AM ET

I unequivocally support support Johnson's point that EXISTING contracts be honored. The league makes itself laughable by trying to misstate that issue. Lower the percentage of revenue to the players to 50%? Yep. Eliminate things like having the NHLPA set up divisions, conferences and schedules? Yep. On the other hand, Fehr and the PA are helping no one, certainly not the 95% of players who aren't superstars, by letting this season's salaries be flushed down the sewer. That money will NEVER be recovered by the players.

October 29, 2012  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I unequivocally support support Johnson's point that EXISTING contracts be honored. The league makes itself laughable by trying to misstate that issue. Lower the percentage of revenue to the players to 50%? Yep. Eliminate things like having the NHLPA set up divisions, conferences and schedules? Yep. On the other hand, Fehr and the PA are helping no one, certainly not the 95% of players who aren't superstars, by letting this season's salaries be flushed down the sewer. That money will NEVER be recovered by the players.

Fehr and the PA is helping all the players if they stick to a plan of making a more financially healthy league. Short term sacrifice for long term gain. I know that sounds quaint in our short attention span, what have you done for me lately culture these days, but it is necessary.

The owners put themselves in this mess and they show no signs of understanding that. They spoke so glowingly of the last CBA bringing financial security to the league and then proceeded to subvert it at every opportunity. What makes anyone think they won't do the same with the next CBA? The PA offered ideas to help with revenue sharing that have proven to work in other leagues. What ideas have the owners offered to improve the finances of the league? None. All they talk about it reducing the players salaries. What about solidifying the finances of the league? Reducing players salaries and instituting a cap certainly didn't do it for them and they appear to have no other ideas.

October 29, 2012  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Fehr and the PA is helping all the players if they stick to a plan of making a more financially healthy league. Short term sacrifice for long term gain. I know that sounds quaint in our short attention span, what have you done for me lately culture these days, but it is necessary. The owners put themselves in this mess and they show no signs of understanding that. They spoke so glowingly of the last CBA bringing financial security to the league and then proceeded to subvert it at every opportunity. What makes anyone think they won't do the same with the next CBA? The PA offered ideas to help with revenue sharing that have proven to work in other leagues. What ideas have the owners offered to improve the finances of the league? None. All they talk about it reducing the players salaries. What about solidifying the finances of the league? Reducing players salaries and instituting a cap certainly didn't do it for them and they appear to have no other ideas.

a great factor in all of this is the hard truth that the league is 5-6-7 ish Teams to large. It will be hard to make a long term sustainable deal of any make up while these financial boat anchors keep sucking millions out of the league. Players want to protect jobs and Owners want to prop up franchise values = this core issue goes un corrected

October 29, 2012  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

a great factor in all of this is the hard truth that the league is 5-6-7 ish Teams to large. It will be hard to make a long term sustainable deal of any make up while these financial boat anchors keep sucking millions out of the league. Players want to protect jobs and Owners want to prop up franchise values = this core issue goes un corrected

I completely agree with this. Too many teams, many in markets that won't sustain a hockey team. Since neither will agree with contraction, then the players need to agree to contract limitations (going forward, not retroactive) and the owners need to agree to true revenue sharing.

October 29, 2012  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Fehr and the PA is helping all the players if they stick to a plan of making a more financially healthy league. Short term sacrifice for long term gain. I know that sounds quaint in our short attention span, what have you done for me lately culture these days, but it is necessary. The owners put themselves in this mess and they show no signs of understanding that. They spoke so glowingly of the last CBA bringing financial security to the league and then proceeded to subvert it at every opportunity. What makes anyone think they won't do the same with the next CBA? The PA offered ideas to help with revenue sharing that have proven to work in other leagues. What ideas have the owners offered to improve the finances of the league? None. All they talk about it reducing the players salaries. What about solidifying the finances of the league? Reducing players salaries and instituting a cap certainly didn't do it for them and they appear to have no other ideas.

I agree with the points you make about the owners being short-sighted and greedy. So has the NHLPA been in the past. I see nothing to be very hopeful about on either side as far as being serious about the future health of their MUTUAL interests. A pox on both their houses. If I had the power to do so I'd make Bettman, Fehr (and any members of his family he hired as assistants) stay in a room without food, water, or restroom facilities) until they came to an agreement. :)

October 29, 2012  01:26 PM ET

An example of NHL owner's 'convictions and principals'...in the prime of his career, Ray Bourque met with the Bruins management, representing himself.

Bourque suggested that while he was the NHL's Norris winner, and among the top in every category, he wasn't even in the top 10 paid. He wasn't even the highest paid defenseman on his team.

Bourque said after everything he's done for the Bruins, he would like them to show what they though he was worth. He gave a blank paper to them and told them as 'men' put down what they thought Ray Bourquw was worth to the Boston Bruins franchise, and as a 'man' he would honor that.

When he got the paper back the number was even worse than insulting...but since he gave his word he signed. Thats just the kind of man Bourque is...and the Bruins screwed him for it.

Sure the majority of players are greedy...so are all pro athletes these days. But NHL owners have been ripping players like Bourque off for decades. When Buttman and the owners sat words like loyalty, honor and principal...it's a joke.

October 29, 2012  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I completely agree with this. Too many teams, many in markets that won't sustain a hockey team. Since neither will agree with contraction, then the players need to agree to contract limitations (going forward, not retroactive) and the owners need to agree to true revenue sharing.

That is where the owners contradict themselves badly -Do not contract the league it hurts my perceived Franchise value , but at the same time i do not want to pay to keep those franchises??????

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October 29, 2012  02:59 PM ET

Sandy is coming!

 
October 29, 2012  03:19 PM ET
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An example of NHL owner's 'convictions and principals'...in the prime of his career, Ray Bourque met with the Bruins management, representing himself.Bourque suggested that while he was the NHL's Norris winner, and among the top in every category, he wasn't even in the top 10 paid. He wasn't even the highest paid defenseman on his team.Bourque said after everything he's done for the Bruins, he would like them to show what they though he was worth. He gave a blank paper to them and told them as 'men' put down what they thought Ray Bourquw was worth to the Boston Bruins franchise, and as a 'man' he would honor that.When he got the paper back the number was even worse than insulting...but since he gave his word he signed. Thats just the kind of man Bourque is...and the Bruins screwed him for it.Sure the majority of players are greedy...so are all pro athletes these days. But NHL owners have been ripping players like Bourque off for decades. When Buttman and the owners sat words like loyalty, honor and principal...it's a joke.

Actually, Bourque took a lot of heat for years for staying in Boston under that cheap#$@! Jacobs. Bourque undermined many defensemen by accepting lower value to stay in Boston rather than demand what he was worth.

Many players resented Bourque for this.

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