Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to join NHL labor talks

The Lightning's Jeff Vinik has not participated in negotiations with the players association on a new collective bargaining agreement.

That changes Tuesday when he and five other owners meet in New York with a select group of locked-out players in an attempt to spark the stalled talks.

"I'm happy he's going," Tampa Bay captain Vinny Lecavalier said Sunday after the meeting was announced. "He's a guy who will listen and talk and have a conversation and see where things go."

So far things have gone poorly.

Games are canceled through Dec. 14, as are the Jan. 1 Winter Classic and Jan. 27 All-Star Game. Two days of mediation last week failed to break deadlocks about how to split $3.3 billion of revenue, team revenue sharing and player contract rules.

No formal negotiations are scheduled. So if the meeting, a day before the NHL's board of governors gets together, "can help out, then great," Lecavalier said. "At least we're trying to do something to get things going."

The meeting is not expected to be a negotiating session but an exchange of ideas. Commissioner Gary Bettman and players association executive director Donald Fehr will not participate, though deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr are expected to be in the room.

Boston's Jeremy Jacobs, considered the most hawkish owner, also will attend, along with Pittsburgh's Ron Burkle, Calgary's Murray Edwards, Winnipeg's Mark Chipman and Toronto's Larry Tanenbaum. Vinik, who was not available for comment, is believed to be a moderate who wants a season played.

The union has not announced its participants. Lightning right wing B.J. Crombeen, part of the negotiating committee, said "a long list of players" wants to participate, including Tampa Bay star Marty St. Louis.

"We hope that this meeting will be constructive and lead to a dialog that will help us find a way to reach an agreement," Donald Fehr said in a statement.

Said Lecavalier: "A guy like Mr. Vinik who listens well, I think it's going to help the process."

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to join NHL labor talks 12/02/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 2, 2012 10:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

  2. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez is not happy about moving back to the bullpen, and can you blame him? But that's the best move for the Rays now. He can fill several roles: long man, setup man, even closer in a pinch. The Rays need to settle the bullpen, and Ramirez has proven he's capable of doing that.

  3. Rays up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Today: Off

    Up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

  4. Rays blow another lead, lose rubber match to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles rallied past the Rays on Sunday, winning the rubber match of the three-game series 8-5.

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6) scores in the eighth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  5. Lightning reach out to UFA Kevin Shattenkirk

    Blogs

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blueline and adding another wing or two.