Given the ebb and flow of the NHL lockout and collective bargaining talks, Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera refused to get too excited about good reports this week.
“I don’t get too up anymore,” Chimera said Thursday. “I rode the roller coaster for a long time and kind of just said I don’t want to anymore.”
Chimera, the Caps’ NHL Players’ Association representative, went to Europe and played five games in the Czech Extraliga before returning to the D.C. area because he missed his family. He’s one of the more plugged-in players to the process.
But not Tuesday and Wednesday when owners and players met for several hours and little information leaked out.
“[They’re] pretty tight-lipped about everything. I called Manny [Malhotra] and then those guys that I know that are in the meetings, and Shane Doan. They just said they’ve had some good discussions and they’re going to keep on working at it,” Chimera said. “I’m hoping some good things will come. I thought we were close before when we made that offer, so hopefully maybe we’re that much closer.”
Chimera praised the “good dialogue” and that he and other players couldn’t figure out what was going on.
“I tried to get the inside scoop and I couldn’t even get the inside scoop so I think that’s a good thing,” he said.
The free flow of information from NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr down has been noted as one of the best parts of these talks from the players’ perspective.
But, in this case, a little silent treatment might be for the best.
“I’d rather them just come out and say we’ve got camp in a week,” Chimera said. “I think it’s good to keep it tight-lipped. That’s what we pay those guys to do: to make a deal. And for the players that are there, most of the guys have been in there for the whole time, so they know what they’re doing, too.”