Recchi “uninformed” when it comes to CBA: Chris Phillips

Is Mark Recchi angling for a job with the NHL or with an NHL team? Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips was wondering aloud about that possibility Wednesday, when asked about Recchi’s comments that players should accept the NHL’s latest offer to end the NHL lockout. Recchi, the now retired feisty winger who played 24 years in the league, told the Boston Globe Tuesday that from here on in, the offers are only going to get worse.

Is Mark Recchi angling for a job with the NHL or with an NHL team?

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips was wondering aloud about that possibility Wednesday, when asked about Recchi’s comments that players should accept the NHL’s latest offer to end the NHL lockout. Recchi, the now retired feisty winger who played 24 years in the league, told the Boston Globe Tuesday that from here on in, the offers are only going to get worse.

“I guess I would say it’s an uninformed answer, unless he’s now tied in with ownership somewhere or wants to get involved with ownership and trying to take that side,” said Phillips, the Senators player representative. “Unless you’re on the calls and know what’s going on all the time, I don’t know what those comments are based on. Because he’s not involved.”

Phillips says it’s possible that the NHL has already tabled its best offer, but he doesn’t believe that’s the case.

“It can get better for both sides,” he said. “There has to be some give and take. There’s obviously something in the deal that’s a must for them that they’re going to fight to the end for, and there are things in the deal where we feel the same way.”

The Senators defenceman acknowledges there is some frustration among the players and that it’s healthy for them to ask questions about what’s happening.

Phillips is upset that the NHL is now trying to chip away at contractural issues such as the age of free agency, contract term limits and arbitration rights, but he’s not as outspoken as Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider.

Schneider told the Vancouver Province that even though the players are willing to drop down to a 50/50 split in revenues, owners “now want the most restrictive contracting rules in sport”.

Schneider also doesn’t buy Recchi’s argumment.

“(The lockout) is doing a lot of harm to them, too,” he said. “It’s mutally assured destruction.”

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