“I regret my recent comments about the lockout which were made flippantly in the locker room after our last game. I did not intend for them to be recorded,” he said. “Specifically, I have been treated very well by the Boston Bruins and wish to confirm that my comments should not reflect on my club in any way. I regret any inference to the contrary.”
Fair enough. Krejci doesn’t want to bite the hand that would usually feed him if not for a lockout. However, he doesn’t issue an apology to Bettman or anyone else, meaning he basically still stands behind what he said–he just wants to make sure someone else isn’t caught up in it too.
But the strange thing about Krejci claiming that he didn’t intend for his comments to be recorded is that they were published as just one part of a longer interview with him. Even if you can’t read Czech, just a quick look at the original story makes it obvious that this is a question and answer piece. Furthermore, the very first word of the article, “rozhovor,” means interview.
Krejci’s not new to dealing with locker room interviews, not by any means, so this excuse he didn’t know he was being recorded rings hollow. Plus, it’s not like you can’t tell when someone is recording something. There are obvious signs, such as a voice recorder or smartphone being held in range and the reporter generally saying something to the effect of “I’m going to record this.” I know I always do that before interviewing someone.
Plus, he made it clear from the get-go that he wasn’t really aiming his ire at the owners. After pronouncing the 15-minute rejection of three NHLPA proposals weird, Krejci adds (through Google Translate) “I do not have anything to say” before talking exclusively about Bettman.
In short, I feel Krejci had no real need to apologize for what he said. I haven’t seen any other players who went on the record about Bettman feel the need to clarify that they meant only Bettman or to build their apology on a flimsy premise. Then again, aside from Zach Parise (who once said Bettman loves his lockouts) being under the employ of the Minnesota Wild, most of the players I’ve seen go off about Bettman don’t have to answer to the owners who are allowed to attend negotiation sessions.