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Owners and Players to Meet Tuesday

December 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The NHL owners and NHLPA will meet Tuesday in New York face-to-face for CBA negotiations, per TSN.

The meeting is for owners and players only, which means neither NHL commissioner Gary Bettman nor NHLPA director Donald Fehr will be in attendance. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr will be in attendance at the request of the NHLPA.

The owners who will attend are Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins, Ronald Burkle of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mark Chipman of the Winnipeg Jets, Jeffery Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames and Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"There will be owners attending this meeting who have not previously done so, which is encouraging and which we welcome," Donald Fehr said in a statement. "We hope that this meeting will be constructive and lead to a dialog that will help us find a way to reach an agreement."

The NHLPA has yet to name the players who will attend. No members of the Detroit Red Wings will be in attendance, per Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Red Wings defenseman Ian White said that he felt the meeting would be productive, but he was apprehensive about Jacobs and Edwards being in attendance.

"Obviously, we'd rather not have those guys in there," White said. "It remains to be seen how it's going to affect the meeting. These other guys, too, they're just as important as the hardliner guys. Their voices matter just as much. So it's a bit unfortunate to have those guys in there, because we do need new direction. But, we'll wait and see how it plays out."

"Most of the owners have been cut out to this point. I think a lot of them want to have their voices heard. It'll be interesting."

Forward Mikael Samuelsson said it's hard to get excited for meetings when little to nothing has been accomplished.

"I really hope so," he said, "but once again, you're almost not hoping anything any more, because you've done that at least five times, and nothing came out of it. Just take it was it comes. It's good with a different approach, and different faces. The guys who go into the meeting, hopefully want to accomplish something."

The NHLPA had also asked for mediators to be involved, but the NHL rejected the idea.


Tags: Bill Daly, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman, Hockey, Ian White, Mikael Samuelsson, NHL, NHLPA, Steve Fehr

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