A hockey player with his hands full of money is probably the last thing the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) wants people to see right now.
But that's precisely how Vancouver-born Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane appears in a Twitter photo, holding a bundle of cash like a cellphone.
Kane's picture came as the NHL continues heated negotiations with the NHLPA towards a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to try and end a lockout that has cancelled hockey games until at least Dec. 30.
Negotiations broke down between the two sides in early December when the NHL offered a 10-year CBA with a five per cent variance between the players' highest and lowest yearly salaries. The NHLPA countered with an eight-year proposal with a 25 per cent variance in yearly salaries, the National Post reported.
Kane drew mixed reaction on Twitter. Hockey News writer Adam Proteau tweeted that this is "not the image that the NHLPA wants to project right now."
Others like user Chad Gardiner made light of the situation, joking that, "Evander Kane's cellphone plan must cost him a fortune."
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I think Evander Kane pic might have single handedly swayed the pity party to the owners side. Wow!!
Someone keep Evander Kane away from camera phones & stacks of cash. Not the image the NHLPA wants to project right now. http://t.co/CvzoFC0o
Hockey guys are the most humble sports guys out there. Evander Kane of the Jets is living proof. http://t.co/hwgO4tAi
Taylor Blake Ward
Evander Kane is smart and would never do anything to make the fans or union despise him... oh wait http://t.co/uJuunMhN
Evander Kane: Another one of the #NHLPA players to weaken their #CBA negotiation power/support.
Evander #Kane's cell phone plan cost him a fortune. #nhl #jets
Evander Kane is a tool.
All this talk regarding Evander Kane ...I think it's time to just start up the NHL season again.
Taylor Blake Ward
maybe we're all overreacting to the Evander Kane incident but you can't say the guy had a professional motive with this #immature
I'm sorry but that pic Evander Kane posted is disgusting. Mabey people feeling sorry for the players now understand they make way too much $