Sidney Crosby is a frustrated player.
The Penguins superstar, a frequent attendee of NHL-NHLPA collective bargaining negotiations, appeared on The X Morning Show on Pittsburgh’s WXDX to discuss the lockout as well as scheduling possibilities if and when a new CBA is reached and the players return to work.
“As players, we’re asking the same question: Why couldn’t the league meet for three weeks when we all know that the same issue was there for those three weeks?” Crosby told the radio host. “That’s negotiations, and none of us like it. It doesn’t always seem like there’s a great explanation all the time and that’s what’s frustrating, I think, for everybody.”
Although he wouldn’t put a number on how many games would constitute a “legitimate” season in his mind, Crosby did place a number on what he believed to be fair to all teams.
“The closer we can get to a full one, the better for everybody,” Crosby said Friday. “I gotta think 60 (would be fair). I’m sure less than that could be played, but I think 60 would be pretty fair. There are teams that struggle and that gives you a chance to go through a tough point in the season and still have time to kinda gather yourself. So that’s a length that I’m sure everyone could live with, but I’m sure that we’d all be much happier playing much more than that.”
After the 103-day lockout of 1994-95 ended, the NHL played a 48-game schedule that commenced nine days after the lockout ended on Jan. 11, 1995.
The New Jersey Devils, who had a regular-season record of 22-18-8, went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.
The principle negotiators for the players and owners met for a fourth consecutive day in New York City on Friday, the 55th day of the current lockout.
Listen to Crosby’s full interview (via The X):
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