Richards, McQuaid playing the waiting game as NHL lockout continues

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Two Prince Edward Islanders are waiting to see the next move in the NHL lockout.

“I’m not really sure what I am going to do,” Adam McQuaid said Tuesday.

“For me, personally, I’m just going to wait for a bit and we’ll see how things play out over the next few weeks.”

The lockout only began Saturday but already some of his Boston Bruins teammates have started to weigh their options.

“It’s kind of funny, we’re only a few days in but guys are already talking about different options,” said McQuaid.

The Cornwall defenceman and most of his teammates have been working on and off the ice in Boston.

“We’re just skating together here and working out. Just trying to keep each other sharp.”

New York Rangers centre Brad Richards said he plans to keep skating and training in the Big Apple. The Murray Harbour native is one of about 15 Rangers currently skating together and waiting to see what happens.

“I don’t know where it goes from here and how long it’s going to go,” he said Tuesday.

Richards was in the NHL when the 2004-05 season was lost during the last lockout.

“I think we gave and did a lot for the owners and gave them

a lot of money back out of our pockets to get the system they wanted,” he said.

“We were told that system would be what would correct everything and now they want to do it again.”

Some players have already started signing with teams overseas. McQuaid said he would make his final decision in a couple weeks. 

“I think you’ll see some guys leave in the next few weeks,” he said. “Things might change a little bit then, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

 

Organizations: NHL, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins Big Apple

Geographic location: Boston, Murray Harbour

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  • yeah
    September 19, 2012 - 09:21

    Yeah. The way Brad makes it sound is that they literally went into his pocket and took out a chunk of his money and now he doesn't have enough to live on! And he's not going to take it anymore! Boo-hoo! Get real!

    • Ulfric
      September 20, 2012 - 08:44

      He's talking about Salary rollbacks that are covering struggling franchises. Revenue sharing is what keeps teams like Phoenix going, and Atlanta for years until they moved to Winnipeg. NJ is in financial distrait, getting money from the league that came from the players. 10% of their money currently goes into a fund to keep the league afloat. You are the only one who is making it sound the way you say. I don`t care what they make for Salary or what the owners make. I just want to see some progress in this mess. Kudos to Richards for not leaving overseas and taking away a job from someone who needs it. He is not one of the greedy ones. Yet.

  • Pissed
    September 19, 2012 - 03:55

    Brad, I just want to clear something up! It's not money out of your pocket as you put it. It's money out of the FAN's pocket!

    • not pissed
      September 19, 2012 - 08:50

      He's talking about the rollback on salarys. That money went to the owners. It was contractually the players money before the last CBA. Don't be pissy.

    • money money
      September 19, 2012 - 16:20

      At 5 or six million a year for nhl players,,, who cares if you lose a 100,000...Us fans just want our game back! How much do you need to live on anyway! A Percentage of the team revinue goes back to the players hahahaha .. ya i want 6,000,000 a year and a pecentage of what the team takes in at the gate ...what do these players think is paying them if its not the gate .. ya know what....go overseas to play see if the owners there will give the players a % of the gate! BIG JOKE THE NHLPA !