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Penguins' Adams: NHL, NHLPA 'far apart'- 09-17-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Craig Adams has a unique role among his locked teammates as he serves as a member of the NHLPA's negotiating committee and he's one of the few veterans on the roster who experienced the NHL's previous lockout in 2004-05.

Today, he talked about going through the last lockout and the issues in this current lockout.

How do you evalute the situations as it stands?

"There’s not much to process or evaluate. It is what it is. We’ve got a job to do to try to stay in shape and stay ready. It’s not going to be the easiest thing mentally but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do."

Is a lockout today not as impactful as the lockout could be on Friday when training camp is scheduled to begin?

"I guess so. Obviously, today would not have been much different whether we were locked out or not. The difference is mentally. Friday is that day that you prepared for all summer. And now its probably just going to be another day. That’s the tough part."

Does the 2004-05 lockout almost give you a "playbook" on how to proceed this time around?

"It’s hard to say. You can’t say you know what to expect because it’s not going to be the same. You’ve been through it once but that doesn’t mean this one is going to be like the last one I guess."

During the 2004-05 lockout, there weren't negotiations for several months at the beginning. Is this dispute better off in terms that negotiations have been ongoing?

"I think that they shouldn’t be. We have a really, really good offer on the table. I don’t see why we should be as far apart as they say we are. But until they acknowledge what we put in front of them and realize what a good offer it is and what a good deal it could be for both sides, I guess we’ll stay far apart."

Each side obviously feels its offer is better for the game. Why is the NHLPA's offer better?

"What we’re trying to do is we’re trying to address some of the problems as we see them specifically and trying to make a deal that is hopefully is going to put us in a position that five or six years from now, we’re not having those same discussions. The way I see it, (the owners’) offer doesn’t really seem to speak to the problems that they say they have. I don’t see how it’s going to benefit all teams in the long run and how we’re going to keep ourselves being locked out next time around. That’s kind of where the offers differ I think. That’s certainly our view of it and obviously they have a different view."

After the 2004-05 lockout, the NHLPA went through several leadership changes. What does having Donald Fehr in charge do for the players association?

"Lots of change. Every leader is different. We’ve been through some tumultuous times to say the least. So we’re happy with the leadership we have. We’re happy with the job Don and his staff are doing. It’s certainly so far a process that a lot of (players) are involved in and that’s always a good thing."

 (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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