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Sunday, September 23, 2012


               Last night in New York, the NHL fined Red Wings owner Jim Devellano $250,000 for coments he made against the NHL."It's very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this," said Devellano. "The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That's the way its always been and that 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.Yes, they are billionaires," Devellano said. "Good on them, they deserve it, but they also make their employees millionaires. "

          " Not a bad tradeoff for a guy like (Milan) Lucic getting what, $6 million a year? I mean good on him too, but he should be grateful," Devellano continued. "Understand, though, that these players want for nothing ... it's first class this, first class that, meal allowances, travel money on the road, the whole shebang." The funny thing in this situation is that players like Ovechkin and Crosby can make comments about their thoughts on the lockout, but when a owner does it the NHL says its unacceptable. This is what Bill Daley siad about the comments.

           "The Detroit Red Wings' organization and the League agree that the comments made by Mr. Devellano are neither appropriate, nor authorized, nor permissible under the League's By-Laws," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. "Such comments are neither constructive nor helpful to the negotiations." I get the fact that its supposed to be a owners lockout and Devellano isn't really on their side, but everyone has opinions and you should not be fined for that.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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