NHL concussion lawsuit: Rick Vaive wants out

Bruce Bennett

After all news for several days seemed to be in favor of the pending lawsuit against the NHL, a chink in the armor has appeared in the form of a major name wanting out.

Thursday evening ESPN's Pierre LeBrun broke the startling news that Rick Vaive, one of the leading names in the lawsuit pending against the National Hockey League over their handling of concussions, wants his name removed from the list of players associated with it.

LeBrun spoke with Vaive's lawyer, who clarified that he has requested to remove himself from the lawsuit entirely, and there is paperwork to accomplish that process.

With Vaive being one of the 10 players initially named in the suit, and a representative of the players, this move is very surprising, and perhaps an omen of things to come. On Wednesday, lawyers representing the players noted that their group had grown to over 200 former players, which made it sound like their case was very strong and getting stronger. Now with one of the marquee names taking himself out of before litigation even begins, questions abound.

Vaive has not commented on his decision.

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