Losing the bunk buddy
The Hamilton Spectator had an interesting story in yesterday's paper about one little-known change in the new CBA that allows veteran players to request they room alone when on the road:
Mike Peca, another Leaf who also opts for a single room, understands Kilger's decision.It's not something you hear about too often (after all, how much interest can there be in athletes' sleeping arrangements?) but come to think of it, it is an odd situation for players in their late 30s to still be 'bunking up' with a buddy.
"I had lots of great roommates in my career," Peca said yesterday. "Jason Blake was my last one, with the Islanders, and you kind of develop an understanding of schedules with each other.
"But at this point in my career I don't want to have to worry about someone else's schedule; when I can watch TV without setting somebody off, that kind of thing. Now I'm on my schedule and I'm on my own time and I enjoy some quiet time. When you have young kids who wake you up early at home, it gives you a chance to sleep in, too."
I wonder how many more of these small concessions were written into the CBA that we've yet to hear about.