I’m sure by now everyone has heard of the $250,000 quote from Detroit Red Wings senior vice-president Jimmy Devellano calling the players ‘cattle.’
“I will tell you this: The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle,” Devellano said. “The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That’s the way its always been and that’s the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren’t going to let a union push them around. It’s not going to happen.”
While he may have been degrading every player in the League, he wasn’t exactly shy about singling out Milan Lucic for his new contract. As we reported earlier this month, Milan Lucic extended his contract for another 3 years in the amount of $18million, roughly $6million per year. Devellano’s sentiment wasn’t exactly one of praise but mere judgement.
“Yes, [the owners] are billionaires. Good on them, they deserve it, but they also make their employees millionaires. Not a bad trade off for a guy like Lucic getting what, 6 million dollars a year?” said Devellano. “I mean good on him too, but he should be grateful. Understand though that these players want for nothing . . . it’s first class this, first class that, meal allowances, travel money on the road, the whole shebang. Offer sheets don’t hurt the players one bit.”
In short, Devellano believes that Lucic is a player who should just roll over and take whatever the League hands him, as it won’t ‘hurt’ him and he should be grateful for his contract. Today the forward spoke with CSNNE’s reporter Joe Haggerty and confirmed he had heard what Devellano had said.
“I guess I must be Grade A prime beef. I think we’re pretty good cattle if you’re looking at it that way,” Lucic said with a laugh. “You definitely as a person don’t like to be called ‘cattle.’ You’d think people would treat you better than as just an animal. Obviously he’s got his name on the Cup a lot of times. I’m not going to say anything to disrespect him. But he said what he said and I kind of laughed at it. It is what it is.”
While some may speculate as to whether or not Lucic deserved as much as he was given, the fact of the matter remains that Lucic has had consecutive 25 point,100PIM seasons and has yet to hit his prime. Perhaps that is something to stew over while chomping on some Mickey D’s?
(quotes courtesy of CSNNE.com)