According to a report in the Philly Daily News, Flyers owner Ed Snider, once believed to be one of the hard line owners in-line with Gary Bettman is reportedly upset that the lockout has gone on this long.
“Put simply: Snider and the rest of the NHL’s owners were promised a big win by Bettman, with player concessions on revenue division and contracting rights. The best they’ll get now is a small win in revenue split – coupled with a demoralized fan base and all-important corporate sponsors that are ready to quit.”
The paper says that someone close to Snider believes that if this is the deal the NHL will end up with, why drag it out any longer?
Snider is reportedly angry with Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs who is believed to be the hardest of hard liners.
9:36AM: Darren Dreger tweeted that Snider badly wants to be playing hockey but that he remains strongly in Bettman’s corner.
4:37PM: Snider released a statement on the Flyers website, “An article appearing in today’s Philadelphia Daily News is absolutely erroneous,” Snider said. “I am a solid supporter of National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and the League in this unfortunate situation.
“Like all fans, players, owners and League officials, I am extremely hopeful that an agreement can be reached and we can eventually be playing hockey again soon. League rules prevent me and all owners from making any comments on the labor negotiations. I will continue to honor that and not make any further comments.”