All hail Jarome Iginla, the original gangsta’, right out of Northern Alberta.
On Thursday, former NHL great Mike Modano spoke out against the 2004/05 lockout, saying it wasn’t worth it. “It was a waste of time,” he said.
On Friday, Iginla let Gary Bettman have it (Sportsnet). Now’s as good a time as any. When the league starts up again – if it does – Iginla won’t be able to say anything without being sued. No doubt, if you’re an NHL player, you’d be disgusted with The Betts.
“Even though I didn’t agree with it last time, you could see their point. This time, I don’t,” he said. “It’s like Gary enjoys battling, enjoys the argument… We’ve got to get it fixed. Fans have been very good in the past, and we can’t just rely they’ll come back strong. I know I would be ticked off.”
At least Iginla seems to recognize every side involved in this lockout, even the fans – the Third Estate – who the rest of the league has seemed to be coddling or leading on.
“Gary said last time, it was a deal that would work for everyone, be a win-win… If you had asked him, ‘Forecast the revenues and will it work?’ He’d have said, ‘Absolutely. This is perfect.’
“Now, we’re not talking 1% (back from the players). They’re talking 10% back, and that’s $300 million, and that doesn’t seem honest from where that was.
“So how can we trust them next time?”