As the labor talks between the NHLPA and owners continue to disappoint fans everywhere, the NHLPA representative believed to have had the most influence in the negotiations has been banned from participating in future talks by the players’ union because he did nothing but stare at owners with “fierce intensity,” said a source who asked not to be named.
Ryan Miller, who has been vocal about the players’ demands in these negotiations, will no longer be participating in talks. According to the source, who is also the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Miller frightened owners and especially NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
“Miller would come in the room and sit down across from Bettman and just stare at him,” the source said. “He wouldn’t say anything – just stare with this really freak look in his eye, like he was trying to read Bettman’s mind or something.”
Bettman confirmed the Miller stare.
“But I don’t want to talk about it,” Bettman said. “It was disturbing. I felt like he was…like he was undressing me with his eyes. Please, I have to go now.”
When asked about the stare tactic, Miller denied any wrongdoing.
“Look, I know this can work,” Miller said. “Watch. I’m gonna stare at you right now. See this? See this intensity? How are you feeling? Pretty intimidated, right? Of course you do, because this stare here gets shit done. Now go make me a sandwich.”
While eating his sandwich, Miller said he did not believe he had a negative impact on the negotiations and only blames the NHLPA for not allowing him to fully utilize his negotiation abilities.
“If I had been allowed to just do my thing, this lockout would have been over before it started,” Miller said. “I would have just put this stare down on Bettman and all the owners and they’d just tremble with fear until they let us players have whatever we wanted.”
Miller added: “I guess people just can’t handle The Miller. They’re not ready.”