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Troy Brouwer: Capitals teammates 'selling out' to owners

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09:50 AM ET 11.24 | Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer was frustrated Thursday to read comments made by two of his teammates that questioned the direction of the NHLPA during the lockout. In the previous 48 hours, veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik said that he was "disgusted" and spoke out against NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr while goaltender Michal Neuvirth voiced support for the blueliner's view, adding that he believed the lockout was about "several superstars with big contracts." Those comments didn't sit well with Brouwer, who along with Jason Chimera serves as the Capitals' representatives to the NHLPA and has spent much of the past few months learning the details of the union's proposals and helping relay the information to others. "Those are two guys that have never been on a conference call, never been to a meeting, never paid attention," Brouwer told The Post in a telephone interview Thursday. "People are going to have their own opinions but when you're fighting for something with 700 other guys, all you're doing is just making it harder to make a deal and making it harder to accomplish the things we're fighting for. For me, I think those guys selling us out, being selfish like that and making those comments..." Brouwer said, trailing off. "Me being on their team, how am I going to trust them as a teammate from now on? Because you know they're not going to support players in the big scheme of things when you go and you play on the team with them; it's going to be tough to want to back those guys from now on."

Washington Post

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November 24, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Hamrlick is at the end of his career so his views fade to black. Neuvirth is 23 making a little over $1M. He should have a fairly good career ahead of him unless is teammates start to hate him. He should wait this out quietly.

November 24, 2012  10:23 AM ET

How I wish that this would be the catalyst for a return of the iHL. With all the talent out there and jilted sponsors, it could turn people away from the NHL permanently. In their day, they had teams in places like Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Minneapolis and were thought to be on a path to take on the NHL head to head. In the end, their soft cap of $1.5M compared to the NHL`s $11.5M and all the other league expenses proved too much. With the NHL on the back burner though, the IHL would be a cash cow today.

November 24, 2012  10:25 AM ET

"Michal Neuvirth voiced support for the blueliner's view, adding that he believed the lockout was about "several superstars with big contracts.""

Yep. Cracks are beginning to show in the ranks of the NHLPA. The Haves vs. The Havenots. Since The Havenots outnumber The Haves by a margin of at least 3 to 1, my money's on them.

November 24, 2012  10:35 AM ET

Oh! And, BTW. The Havenots are generally thankful for what the have. Unlike The Haves who are never thankful for anything.

November 24, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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Oh! And, BTW. The Havenots are generally thankful for what the have. Unlike The Haves who are never thankful for anything.

And even the Haves are finding that playing in Europe is not the cup of tea they all thought it would be.
But you're right, they have no idea what they have...until it's gone.
The NHL will move forward, new players dying to fulfill their boyhood dreams will emerge...Careers will be shorter, younger talent developing faster...a guy like Brad Richards will not be missed for very long. O.V has managed to fall from hero to zero, Sid will always be a head case and a gamble, Roberta is, well Roberta. The Oilers are now chalked full of young talent and low pay role with a bright future for all of them...It must be killing them suiting up for games in the AHL right now just as their brightest dreams have been realized. I actually feel for all those young guys just coming up or having had a year or two in the "big show".
And also for the guys at the other end of the spectrum...in the final year or two of their career just doing what they love and enjoying all that goes with it for them and their families...Imagine, "hey Dad, how come we don't see you on T.V anymore"?
"I'm sorry 5 year old son, Daddy can't play anymore now that you are old enough to have seen me, because...."

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November 24, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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Yup. Guys who know that they realistically have 4-5 years to make some nice money playing out their dream in the NHL are seeing disappear before their eyes because a number of superstars and the mega-dewshe leader of the NHLPA don't give a rat's arse about them.

As I said elsewhere, any six figure income is a well paying job in my book. The vast majority of people only dream of making that kind of coin and woul jump at the chance.

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November 24, 2012  11:22 AM ET

cancel the **** season. Let them both go through withdrawals and they will return to the table with a clearer sense of reality.

Stop playing the game of chicken already. Cancel it!

November 24, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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The Oilers are now chalked full of young talent and low pay role with a bright future for all of them...It must be killing them suiting up for games in the AHL right now just as their brightest dreams have been realized. I actually feel for all those young guys just coming up or having had a year or two in the "big show".
And also for the guys at the other end of the spectrum...in the final year or two of their career just doing what they love and enjoying all that goes with it for them and their families.

Well said. Add to those two groups the vast majority of players who will never be stars in this league and never make the big bucks. Yet they are an integral part of the success of any team. They are the role players, the fill ins and the guys who get all the bumps and bruises to make it possible for the spoiled, whining stars to shine. I truly feel for them.

November 24, 2012  12:57 PM ET
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Well said. Add to those two groups the vast majority of players who will never be stars in this league and never make the big bucks. Yet they are an integral part of the success of any team. They are the role players, the fill ins and the guys who get all the bumps and bruises to make it possible for the spoiled, whining stars to shine. I truly feel for them.

Yes...and in that short window of opportunity they can safely make enough "millions" to invest it properly and be set for life. Kind of like winning a lottery for a couple, three years in a row.
They can also supplement those big money years still playing in other leagues and earning a "decent" buck.
If they play it smart that is...and that means getting back on the NHL ice now while the window is open for them.
Bloody right they should be upset about this NHLPA crap.

November 25, 2012  03:33 AM ET

look it is NOT the union this time. the NHL was on the upswing, sponserships, positive revenue, new tv deals, the players should not have to make tons of concessions in order to get a deal done. the OWNERS signed offered those contracts, the OWNERS should follow through and pay them. The players are NOT the problem. STAY STRONG NHLPA! STAY STRONG.

CWA UNION EMPLOYEE
1 union, 1 fight, 1 contract.
LOCAL 6350

the unions are not ruining this country, ever here of 40hour work week? OHSA, Saftey in the workplace? Vacation, pentions, etc? Child safety laws? ALL THANKS TO THE UNIONS YOU DOPES BASH. join a union, or at least support one in your area by supporting business that use union labor.

November 25, 2012  09:46 AM ET

I agree that it isn't the NHLPA. I mean, the salary cap the NHL wanted 7 years ago was supposed to fix all these problems right? But to make a blanket statement that all unions are great is painting with a pretty broad brush.

November 25, 2012  05:45 PM ET

You are always called a sellout by the union if you don't agree with them. Professional sports unions are a joke. Fighting on how to split millions of dollars. Work for a real union Fehr. We would have tossed you years ago.

November 26, 2012  05:19 AM ET

Unions in my opion have outlived their purpose. Yes as someone pointed out they have been responsible for many improvements but lets look on the other side. They have raised salaries but at the cause of raising prices so high that some companies are now going overseas. Loss of jobs loss of wage yeah unions you did a wonderful job. Now lets looi at professional sports raisning salaries so high that the average Joe can only get a ticket in the nose bleed section if that. Try taking your family to a game without blowing the monthly budget. So don't tell me unions are not to blame Open your eyes and look

 
December 1, 2012  06:06 PM ET
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look it is NOT the union this time. the NHL was on the upswing, sponserships, positive revenue, new tv deals, the players should not have to make tons of concessions in order to get a deal done. the OWNERS signed offered those contracts, the OWNERS should follow through and pay them. The players are NOT the problem. STAY STRONG NHLPA! STAY STRONG.CWA UNION EMPLOYEE 1 union, 1 fight, 1 contract.LOCAL 6350the unions are not ruining this country, ever here of 40hour work week? OHSA, Saftey in the workplace? Vacation, pentions, etc? Child safety laws? ALL THANKS TO THE UNIONS YOU DOPES BASH. join a union, or at least support one in your area by supporting business that use union labor.

While I appreciate you've only made 2 total comments, please avoid the union politics and instead keep it sports related.

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