Tampa Bay Lightning winger Martin St. Louis and center Vincent Lecavalier are "baffled" and disappointed in the lack of progress in collective bargaining negotiations between the league and player's association.
"Do the math," he said about the union's last proposal that has the sides $182 million apart over a five-year deal. "Thirty teams, it's not that much."
The lockout, which has dragged on since Sep. 15th, has led to the cancellation of the Winter Classic and the All Star Game, as well as all regular season games going into mid-December.
Unlike many other NHL stars, neither St. Louis, Lecavalier, or Steven Stamkos have gone to play in a European league since the lockout started. St. Louis has three children and Lecavalier is expecting his third this spring, so it makes sense why they wouldn't want to pull up roots and move for a few months.
Some of the Lightning players skate and practice three times a week at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, FL, trying to stay sharp in case the lockout ends and the season can finally begin. However, each passing week makes that seem less and less likely.