The news out of the recent labor negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA have been grim at best. When even the intervention of federal mediators failed, many saw this as a sign that the season was all but cancelled. This time, they’re trying something a little different. A group of six owners is set to meet with a handful of players in an attempt to get something going. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will be among those owners. Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr won’t be in attendance.
A newcomer to hockey labor negotiations, Vinik is thought to be a moderate owner who wants a deal to be made. He wouldn’t be opposed to revenue sharing being expanded or payroll reductions. On the other hand, he is the owner of a team that Gary Bettman sold to him a couple years ago. What do the Lightning players think of this development?