Brad Richards says NHL owners not truly negotiating

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Brad Richards doesn’t believe the federal mediators will put an end to the NHL lockout.

“Them saying they came from 43 percent (in the league’s initial offer) up to 50 is the biggest crock I’ve ever heard. We were never at 43 percent,” said Richards.

He said the players were at 57 percent of hockey-related revenue and have agreed to go down.

“I still don’t know what they think negotiation is, and none of us really do,” he quips.

Last Wednesday, the players put a proposal on the table that left the sides only $182 million apart on the core economic issue, and the league rejected it two hours later.

The NHLPA went into that session hopeful that its offer would lead to a deal.

The fact that the NHL came back with an outright rejection, rather than an attempt to negotiate, sent a clear message that it’s take it or leave it according to the players.

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