NY, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Mark Recchi, three-time Stanley Cup champion, advised locked out NHL players to sign a deal with owners now.
He told the Boston Globe that while the current offer might not be ideal, its better to get most of what they’re due rather than lose the season.
Rechi explained that the longer the lockout last,s the more corporate sponsorships are lost along with games. He also recalled that at that last deal he was involved with involved a salary cap but still worked out fine for the players.
Besides, he insists that no matter what the contract was, the owners always find a way to pay them more. “That’s why I say, get a deal and get back in there . . . the money’s always there!” he exclaims.
He added that the players should sign a 10-year deal so that the same situation doesn’t come about again five or six years from now.
Recchi, who endured two lockouts during his lengthy NHL career, said that being currently a team owner of WHL’s Kamloops Blazers junior squad, gave him a broader perspective.
He shared that he has been losing money every year they’ve owned the team. While the money involved is not as significant as the NHL, he notes the business dynamics are the same.