Sidney Crosby has had enough. The Penguins' captain worked out at Southpointe with teammates only hours after a late plane ride home from New York, and he made it clear that the NHL labor dispute has left him wondering. "To go through all that," said Crosby, a primary figure in negotiations between the NHL and its players' union over the past four days, "and to get a response like that, is pretty devastating." The NHL swiftly turned down the NHLPA's latest proposal Thursday night, and news conferences from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr have left many feeling the season is in jeopardy. Crosby displayed strong disagreement with the tactics. "Gary said at his press conference that they're drawing a line in the sand," Crosby said. "Then just say that (during negotiations). Don't waste guys' time there discussing stuff for three days of trying to make something work, and then come out and say that." Negotiations aren't dead. Crosby, in fact, believes a deal is relatively close, at least in terms of the numbers. Although many expected more games to be canceled Friday, the NHL remained silent. The league and union did not speak Friday and will not meet this weekend. The sides could potentially meet next week, and there is a possibility they could speak over the weekend. The NHL is expected to cancel another batch of games — likely through Dec. 31 — on Monday. "The foundation is there," Crosby said. "I don't think those talks were for nothing." Still, hockey's most famous player left New York with a bad taste in his mouth. He looked numb during Fehr's second news conference Thursday and made it clear that he doesn't have intentions to return to the negotiating table anytime soon. "For me," he said, "I think I'm going to do what I can. But after spending those three days there, I think it's pretty tough to get guys' trust back after that."
Crosby devastated by failure to yield deal
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Dec 8