At Sportsnet, Michael Grange writes that it was a good idea for the NHLPA to have established veterans like Brad Richards, Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier at the meeting last night because they are players with a more moderate voice and have already lost one season of their careers to a lockout.
He notes how the last series of meetings came to an end when free agent defenseman Chris Campoli started to curse at the owners and Gary Bettman.
Grange writes, “Are there enough players that at least want Fehr to make a gesture that could encourage the owners to negotiate with an eye toward starting to play sooner rather than later? Are there voices that want to talk rather than shout while getting ever deeper into an unwinnable game of chicken with billionaire owners?”
Along with Richards, Lecavalier and St. Louis, Ryan Callahan, Marc Staal, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Halpern were at the meeting last night.
Of the 18 players at the meeting last night 13 of them were in the NHL during the 2004-05 lockout.