Saturday, July 09, 2005

Jarome Iginla: "We're Sorry"

Calgary Flames Captain Jarome Iginla:
"We're sorry. I think everybody involved with this is sorry it took a year. All the people who this took jobs from, or had bars or restaurants...it goes right down the line how it affected people in different cities. There's no question we're sorry. Hopefully we work together as a group and down the road learn from it and be better next time." On the fans: "It's been very hard on the fans and a lot of them have been peeved off and rightly so. The fans didn't really have any say in this. I think everybody recognizes that and, hopefully, this is a chance for us to make a couple changes - to make the game more fan-friendly and entertaining so the fans can benefit and we can win some of them back." On rule changes: "I've seen a lot of good ideas but the one I'm really hoping for is that they'll get rid of ties. I've never been a big fan of ties at all. When the Oilers and Flames play and you leave as a tie, it just feels so unfinished." On the new CBA: "We put a lot of faith in them (the NHLPA executive committee) and, speaking personally, I'll vote 'yes.' I don't think (the NHLPA) would vote it down - I really hope not....I don't think there'll be a huge grudge held because we realize going forward we're going to be partners and we'll try to improve and grow together."
Let's hope the apologies don't stay one-sided, and the NHL gives us their fair share as well...

2 Comments:

At 7/09/2005 07:29:00 PM, Blogger Matt Saler said...

I doubt the NHL will apologize except in a way that pins the blame on the players. Their view is that they did this for the owners but also for the fans, in the big picture.

 
At 7/10/2005 01:06:00 AM, Blogger Brian List said...

You're right. In fact the NHL has no reason to apologize when all the focus in the media is on how dumb the players were to let Bob take them this far and then accept this concession CBA. Everyone is going to focus on the players' fault. If the NHL is smart, they will stay quiet - not apologizing -and then they will come out of this as strong as ever. Once the NHL starts apologizing, they are admitting guilt and the focus will shift away from the players' fault, which is the sole focus of the media at this point.

But as a fan who saw the sides start to negotiate only a few weeks ago, I need apologies from both sides and reasons why they waited soo long...and wasted our time in thinking something was going to happen between September and February.

 

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