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Jeremy Jacobs takes a shot at NHLPA

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Jacobs, regarded as one of the most militant hard-line owners driving the lockout, appeared to blame the union for a deal not getting done sooner, saying it "should've and could've" been resolved quicker and characterized it as "disappointing."

Of the union, Jacobs said: "There was no expression of a desire to do a deal."

When asked to elaborate how a deal could have been brokered earlier -- the labor standoff lasted almost four months before an agreement was reached earlier this month -- Jacobs deflected blame onto the NHLPA.

"You'd really have to ask the other side on that," he said.

When asked if he felt that it was fair to say he blamed the union for the time lost as a result of the work stoppage, Jacobs declined to answer.

"I won't comment on that," he said.

It was an odd display for an owner who claimed to be enthused about the start of play and intent on "winning another Stanley Cup for Boston, New England and Bruins fans around the world."

Jacobs praised his partner in the process, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, for his work on the deal and touted his leadership in reaching the 10-year agreement.

Jacobs admitted that, before the marathon session that ultimately ended the standoff, there was a legitimate fear among the owners that the season could have been scrapped entirely.

"If it hadn't happened when it did, the season would've been gone," he said.

Jacobs insisted that, as owner of a financially-strong, recent Cup-winning franchise, he had no intention of ever axing the season.

"I'm the last guy that wanted to shut this down," he said.

How did he feel he was characterized throughout the negotiation process?

"Being vilified, I don't think it's right, but what's my opinion in something like this?" he asked.

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Who locked the doors to the arena ? why no negotiations started earlier?

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If you don't want to be villified than don't be a pathetic excuse for a human being.

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Good Work Jacobs. Because of the Chairman's support Bettman was able to squeeze as much as he did out of Fehr brothers.

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Who locked the doors to the arena ? why no negotiations started earlier?

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Karma will strike these fools down, and it begins with the Patriots losing in an absolutely excruciating fashion, again...watch for it.

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Karma will strike these fools down, and it begins with the Patriots losing in an absolutely excruciating fashion, again...watch for it.

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Funny. Last lockout he said jack squat.

Now that lots of fingers are pointed at him about this one, he's talky-talky.

Shut up, Jacobs.

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Oh that would be lovely. I do not want to see the Patriots in the Superbowl, Ray Lewis deserves a ring.

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Oh that would be lovely. I do not want to see the Patriots in the Superbowl, Ray Lewis deserves a ring.

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Jeremy Jacobs is the true power in the NHL....Bettman dances to his tune and if anyone needs a portion of blame for how all of this went down it is probably the chairman of the board.

That being said, both sides seemed like they were playing hardball and something tells me if they'd have just cut to the chase in the beginning the League and the players wouldn't have had to sacrifice half the season this year (along with millions and millions of revenue).

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Actually NBC runs the league now. Funny how as football is winding down the National Hokey League suddenly in 16 hours accomplishes what they couldn't do in 4 months.

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What an idiot.. Every fan GM and owner is trying their best to move on and enjoy hockey again and he's trying to shift the focus to "hate the union, lockout was their fault".. It's pretty clear that the bruins are just his little prize and he doesn't give 2 fracks about the game of hockey or its fans.

I would give Bettman the biggest applause ever if he deemed this as unacceptable and fined Jacobs for his comments. It's over and done with and nobody should be piping up in the media and attacking the other side. As a fan that was pissed off for 4 months, I'm being pretty damn good about putting the lockout behind me and forgetting about it. Why he can't just shut up and appreciate that is beyond me.

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Who gave this old wind bag a platform to speak.

I like to picture Jacobs as a cross between this:

scrooge-mcduck.jpg

And this:

gollum-n-the-ring.jpg

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