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NHLPA's grievance against Lightning on hold

May 11, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

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The grievance against the Tampa Bay Lightning, on behalf of Stephane
Veilleux, has been put on hold while the NHLPA takes time to have the
player review certain details. The grievance was supposed to be filed
today.
Per Damian Cristodero of the Lightning Strikes blog:

“The
PA is still working on the grievance and they want the player to
review certain portions of it, and it’s becoming quite extensive,” Walsh
said. “It’s not going to change anything. They want to make sure they
put something substantial into it.”

Perhaps this
gives the Lightning some time to do right by their player, as this has
turned into a PR nightmare for the team as word has spread about their
unwillingness to pay for his shoulder surgery. The team is claiming the
injury is not hockey related, dangerous ground as it’s impossible to
determine exactly when this injury occurred.

Walsh told Cristobero
that he hasn’t heard from the Lightning today, and I doubt the team
thought the matter would get this sort of attention when they decided
not to pay for the surgery.

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