NHL Lockout: Players That Will Be Vital to Reworking the NHL's Tarnished Image

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NHL Lockout: Players That Will Be Vital to Reworking the NHL's Tarnished Image
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Zach Parise must carry out a leadership role for the NHL once the lockout ends.

The lockout is not the fault of the players.

You may not like Donald Fehr, but he is just standing up for the NHL players and giving them professional leadership against commissioner Gary Bettman and a group of owners who are trying to reduce their financial liabilities solely on the backs of the players.

The NHL won serious concessions from the players in the 2004-05 lockout and are in the process of doing it once again in the current lockout.

The players know their faces are getting rubbed in the dirt and they are trying to put an end to it right now.

When the lockout comes to an end—hopefully before the season is canceled—it will be on the backs of the players to make it up to the fans.

The players are the face of the NHL. Nobody will want to hear from Bettman and owners Jeremy Jacobs, Craig Leipold or Murray Edwards.

They will want to hear from stars like Zach Parise and Sidney Crosby. Players who can speak clearly and honestly and then put on a spectacular show on the ice.

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