Things are getting spicy in the NHL regarding return to play.
For awhile it seemed like the players were interesting and ready to prepare for the playoffs, however things have changed.
Just a couple of hours after Montreal Canadiens' goalie Carey Price voiced his concerns, now New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin has taken it one step further.
Panarin like Price looks forward to any opportunity to win a Stanley Cup, however things have to be right.
For Panarin, it has a lot to do with making things right with the players.
"I am very much looking forward to the playoffs with the New York Rangers. I have concerns not only about the health of players and their families but also about the long term prosperity of the NHL. For nearly two decades, the Players have protected the owners income with escrow, including throughout this pandemic crisis, even as owners’ equity continues to grow exponentially. It is time to fix the escrow. We as players cannot report to camp to resume play without already having an agreement in place. We are all in this together. Also, I know the process for selection of the Hub Cities is ongoing. I sincerely wish that my teammates and I could train and play games at MSG and bring employment and economic opportunity safely back to New York City for Ranger fans and all New Yorkers."
Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler was quick to back up Panarin.
"It’s about time..... the owners need to understand we’re done paying their debts..... you run your team into the ground it’s on you .... if there’s a pandemic it’s on the owners... figure it out it’s not a free ride NHL NHLPA:"
What do you think of Panarin and Kesler's comments?
It’s about time..... the owners need to understand we’re done paying their debts..... you run your team into the ground it’s on you .... if there’s a pandemic it’s on the owners... figure it out it’s not a free ride ?@NHL? ?@NHLPA? pic.twitter.com/9qPpWvYiQE
— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) June 25, 2020