Today’s Best NHL Lockout Story: Henrik Sedin Wonders if the Owners Think the Players are “Kids” or “Stupid”

Jarome Iginla. Todd Bertuzzi. And now, Henrik Sedin.

While nearly every player has made some kind of impassioned plea for fans’ hearts during this ongoing NHL lockout, it’s never as good as when it comes from the mouth of somebody you’d actually want to hear from. When lower-level guys put their neck out, it sounds petty. When top-tier guys do it, it hits a chord with us. That kind of, “Wow, if he’s saying…” chord.
“I think from Day 1, this has fallen into what we really thought was going happen,” Sedin told the Vancouver Province. “I don’t know if (the owners) think they’re dealing with kids or that we’re stupid or think the fans are stupid. It’s a little mind-boggling when you see what’s coming out of their side. I want to hear a chance, that they’re actually going to give us something in return for the thing we’ve given them.”
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Obviously, the kids comment meets the eye. The stupid one, too.
The best part, of course, is that Henrik Sedin normally seems so removed from these kinds of situations, it’s nice to hear he has an opinion. If you’re a Canucks fan — and you’ve therefore signed over all your previous allegiances to the team’s only ever Hart Trophy winner — this certainly will sway you. Just a little.
Henrik’s never said anything bad about the Boston Bruins. But, Gary Bettman? The owners? That’s where he apparently draws the line. And, that means something.
“I doubt that may happen (on Tuesday) but it’s a start,” Henrik said about some people’s hope for optimism. The players and owners are set for meetings today without Gary Bettman or NHLPA head Donald Fehr. “It’s good to see that there are new owners coming into the meeting, but the bad thing is there are still some of the tight group that has been there since Day 1. That’s a concern.”