Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby expressed that he is disappointed with the fallout from the most recent discussions between the NHL and NHL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to a report by Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Stating that the players made concessions in the owners' favor, Crosby believes that talks should be in a more favorable place, via the Tribune-Review:
"To go through all that and to get a response like that, is pretty devastating. Gary said at his press conference that they're drawing a line in the sand. Then just say that (during negotiations). Don't waste guys' time there discussing stuff for three days of trying to make something work, and then come out and say that."
Crosby also stated that he believes it will be difficult for the league to regain the players' trust after the events of the previous three days.
In addition, he also expressed an interest in playing hockey overseas if the two sides remain at odds over the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement. Stating that he wants to play hockey, the 25-year-old superstar did not elaborate on when a decision would come, but did admit that he is going to be thinking about it more strongly.
Despite the primarily negative nature of his outlook, Crosby also expressed that he believes a deal can still be reached and that the framework was developed over this past week:
"The foundation is there. I don't think those talks were for nothing."