NHL Fines Detroit Red Wings for Inappropriate Remarks on Lockout

The National Hockey League fined the Detroit Red Wings an undisclosed amount of money for remarks on the current player lockout made by Senior Vice President Jim Devellano.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Devellano’s remarks weren’t appropriate, authorized or permitted under league by-laws.

“Such comments are neither constructive nor helpful to the negotiations,” Daly said.

In an interview with Island Sports News, Devellano said a solution to end the lockout would be for the players to take 43 percent of hockey-related revenue and let the owners get 57 percent. The players are currently getting 57 percent.

Devellano also compared the league’s owners to a ranch and said the players, and himself, were “cattle.”

“The owners own the ranch and allow the players to eat there,” Devellano said. “That’s the way it’s always been and that’s the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren’t going to let a union push them around. It’s not going to happen.”

The NHL locked out the players on Sept. 16 after the two sides, which haven’t met since, couldn’t agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. They are divided over revenue sharing and player compensation. The NHL had record revenue of $3.2 billion last season.

The league has canceled preseason games through Sept. 30. The regular season is scheduled to begin Oct. 11.

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