NEW YORK - The NHL has fined the Detroit Red Wings for comments made by senior vice president Jim Devellano in an interview about the lockout.
"The owners can basically be viewed as the ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle," Devellano said in the interview. "The owners own the ranch and allow the players to eat there. That's the way it's always been and that's the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren't going to let a union push them around. It's not going to happen."
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says in a statement Saturday that the league and team agree Devellano's comments were not appropriate, authorized or permitted under NHL bylaws.
TSN reports that the fine is $250K.
Devellano was quoted by the Island Sports News, saying his solution to end the lockout would be to have the players take 43 percent and the owners get 57 percent of hockey-related revenues.
The players had been getting 57 percent.
The Hockey Hall of Famer also cautions NHL players going overseas not get injured because the league has pulled medical benefits from the players and won't pay them "one dime" until they're cleared by league doctors.