Sometimes 140 characters aren’t enough. Or even close to enough.
Saturday night, New Jersey Devils forward Krys Barch (@krysbarch) strung together a 26-post-long Twitter message on his thoughts regarding the NHL’s lockout. Fueled by the uncertainty of the future and a few drinks by a fire, Barch spilled the insights of the everyman NHL player.
A sample (with typos fixed):
“I wonder if the owners of Boston, New York, Washington, etc., etc., have endured any of the injuries that I or any other player in the NHL have endured,” he wrote. “Still they probably sit there smoking the same brand of cigar, sipping the same cognac, and going on vacation to one of five houses they own. While we sit here knowing they want to take 20 percent of our paychecks. One half to 3/4 of my peers will have to work for the next 50 years of their lives.”
Barch’s agent, Scott Norton, spoke with him Saturday night when it was written and again Sunday morning, and there’s no regret over the emotional series of Twitter posts. Barch completely stands by what was written.
“Krys was saying, ‘This is what my heart says, I'm going to say it,’” Norton said Sunday morning. “I think he was certainly emotional and speaking from the heart. As I told him, I’m not sure that Twitter was the right forum for him. It might have been better in a radio interview.”
Barch’s heartfelt writings highlight the difference in strategy between the players and the NHL as the lockout comes dangerously close to threatening regular-season games. The NHL owners have been threatened with heavy fines if they speak out regarding the lockout. The NHLPA doesn’t have the same restrictions on its 700-plus players, which could lead to more public airing of frustrations from the players as negotiations slowly drag on.
Although some fans could relate to the frustration of a man whose wife is pregnant with their third child, others noted that Barch was still scheduled to make more in one season than some average fans make in a decade.
“Anytime you do anything in a public domain, you’re going to get positive and negative with that,” Norton said. “We’re all concerned with the fans, the people who work in the arenas, the people who work at the front office -- the innocent bystanders. I don’t care what you say, you’re never going to get a unanimous popular reaction.”