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Westgarth: NHL playbook is to 'demonize' Fehr

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08:14 AM ET 12.10 | Among the surprise impact players during these lockout negotiations, Kevin Westgarth has scored only one goal in 90 career games and earned only $525,000 this past season -- but he's also a somewhat imposing 6-foot-4 and has a psychology degree from Princeton. [If and when new talks resume], Westgarth said he would be there. "I feel like I want to protect my teammates," Westgarth said. ... The talks broke down last week over the owners' refusal to bargain if Donald Fehr was in the room. "Part of their tactics is to demonize Don -- we've seen it before," Westgarth said. The settlement ending the 2004-5 lockout was not signed by the union's executive director at the time, Bob Goodenow. He had been excluded from the process.

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Kevin Westgarth (with George Parros), Icon Sports Kevin Westgarth (with George Parros), Icon Sports
December 10, 2012  08:22 AM ET

I'd really like to see that "degree."

December 10, 2012  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'd really like to see that "degree."

Well you'd have to realise it was likely on a hockey scholarship, even then going to Princeton is no small feat, but I understand the disdain for this degree lol

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December 10, 2012  10:00 AM ET

to demonise Fehr?
Really?
I mean, how hard could that be?

December 10, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Just another guy that shouldn't be in the league to begin with...and let me guess, he wears number 19 cuz Sakic and Yzerman were his idols!

December 10, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Just another guy that shouldn't be in the league to begin with...and let me guess, he wears number 19 cuz Sakic and Yzerman are his idols!

December 10, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Two for the price of one...

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December 10, 2012  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Kevin Westgarth has scored only one goal in 90 career games and earned only $525,000 this past season.
Those greedy Fu$%#ing owners should stop being such tightwads and pay this man what he is worth. He is a partner in this league and risks his life every time he steps out on the ice yet the owners treat him like a slave.

I prefer the term indentured servant...

December 10, 2012  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Kevin Westgarth has scored only one goal in 90 career games and earned only $525,000 this past season.

Those greedy Fu$%#ing owners should stop being such tightwads and pay this man what he is worth. He is a partner in this league and risks his life every time he steps out on the ice yet the owners treat him like a slave.

Now you're getting it.......

December 10, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I prefer the term indentured servant...

Because most wind up with no teeth??

December 10, 2012  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Kevin Westgarth has scored only one goal in 90 career games and earned only $525,000 this past season.Those greedy Fu$%#ing owners should stop being such tightwads and pay this man what he is worth. He is a partner in this league and risks his life every time he steps out on the ice yet the owners treat him like a slave.

Bet you his owner scored less than 1 goal and made more than that...

December 10, 2012  12:01 PM ET

Maybe if the NHL spent more time, you know negotiating, instead of using the same playbook that they did with Goodenow 7 yrs ago, we might be watching the NHL right now.

December 10, 2012  12:07 PM ET

Fehr is no Goodenow, and the players are on board with him. The owners have no idea what they're in for.

December 10, 2012  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Kevin Westgarth has scored only one goal in 90 career games and earned only $525,000 this past season.Those greedy Fu$%#ing owners should stop being such tightwads and pay this man what he is worth. He is a partner in this league and risks his life every time he steps out on the ice yet the owners treat him like a slave.

Now if we can just work on your anti union activism...baby steps..

December 10, 2012  01:21 PM ET
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Because most wind up with no teeth??

OMG....too funny.

December 10, 2012  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Maybe if the NHL spent more time, you know negotiating, instead of using the same playbook that they did with Goodenow 7 yrs ago, we might be watching the NHL right now.

I would make same bet.

December 10, 2012  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Kevin Westgarth has scored only one goal in 90 career games and earned only $525,000 this past season.Those greedy Fu$%#ing owners should stop being such tightwads and pay this man what he is worth. He is a partner in this league and risks his life every time he steps out on the ice yet the owners treat him like a slave.

Ha Ha Ha............little "dry" in here ;-)

December 10, 2012  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Because most wind up with no teeth??

LMAO....well done, sir

 
December 10, 2012  03:04 PM ET

FIRE THE BUTTGOBLIN

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