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NHLPA’s grievance against Lightning on hold

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.