Minnesota’s message to the fans says they’re pro-ownership
While many teams are reaching out in a big way to fans with their messages explaining the lockout, the Minnesota Wild are doing things a little different.
The Wild posted their message to the fans with one note in particular that plainly points out exactly where they fall in this labor struggle.
We appreciate the continued support of our fans, business partners, community partners and employees as we work through the challenges caused by the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and potential delay in the start of this most promising season.
At the same time, we support the League’s position and trust our NHL negotiating team is looking out for the long-term interests of the game. Even as NHL games may be missed, the Wild will continue to support the great sport of hockey at all levels through our grass roots partnerships with amateur hockey associations.
It should be obvious that the teams themselves are on the owners side of the argument, but the Wild (so far) are the only ones to come out and say it.
Team owner Craig Leipold has been prominently involved in negotiations for the NHL and while he made the biggest splash of the summer signing both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, he wants to see teams get a bigger piece of the pie financially.