NHL Lockout: Why Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Gorges Is Spot-on with His Comments

September 11th, 2012 by Ben Chodos Leave a reply »
With a lockout looming over the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens’ players are attempting to take advantage of legal loopholes to stay on the ice, and defenseman Josh Gorges offered an articulate explanation for their motivation. 

As Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork.com notes, Quebec does not recognize the NHL Players’ Association as a union, and this opens the door for Gorges and other Canadiens players to prevent the team from locking out its players.

Strang also reports the NHLPA is exploring similar legal strategies with other Canadian teams.

Strang quotes Gorges saying the following.

As players we want to play. More than anything, the desire to play is what's guiding us. The owners, on the other hand, seem determined to impose a lockout. And so the players are going to use every tool at our disposal to stop them. Nothing is more destructive to bargaining than a lockout.

A lockout should be a last resort. But the owners are treating it as their preferred option.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly was succinct and dismissive in his response to these developments, and Strang quotes him saying, “Differ ...

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