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Tampa Bay Lightning players are disappointed in the loss of 82 games through October 24 as a result of continued disagreement in NHL labor talks.
"It's frustrating, no doubt," Lightning wing Marty St. Louis said, according to Damnian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
The league has already lost $100 million in revenue from the cancelled preseason and will lose another $120 million as a result of the 82 regular-season game cancellations, according to TSN (via ESPN.com).
Several players, though, understand fan concerns about the lockout but stress their point of view and urge understanding from around the continent.
St. Louis lamented about the loss of games and what it means to the fans but also stressed that the players want their fair share and do not want to be taken advantage of as they were during the last dispute in 2004-'05.
"For a regular guy, it's hard," he said. "But it's not so much about the money. It's about getting a fair deal. Last time, we got hosed."
Captain Vinny Lecavalier said it's disappointing and that he understands the desire to get things done but is cautious like St. Louis.
"They're saying, 'Just get it done. Get the deal done,' " Lecavalier said. "Right now there's not much improvement, so it's understandable how people feel. But I can tell you as a player we want to get this thing done, but we want a fair deal for both sides."
The two sides are still somewhat at a disconnect on the revenue sharing of the league. Players currently receive 57 percent of revenue and have countered a 47 to 49 percent offer by the owners with a 52.2 to 54.3 percent offer of their own.
No one seems to be budging and more game cancellations could come quickly if no ground is make in talks this week.