NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2012.

The NHL & NHLPA agree to an owners-players only meeting in New York on Tuesday. Read on for the details.


Jets owner Chipman among six owners attending meeting with players on Tuesday.

ESPN.COM: The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to a league-proposed players- and owners-only meeting on Tuesday in New York City, the day prior to the NHL Board of Governors meeting in New York on December 5. “The six representatives the NHL expects at the meeting will be Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, Calgary’s Murray Edwards, Pittsburgh’s Ron Burkle, Toronto’s Larry Tannenbaum, Winnipeg’s Mark Chipman and Tampa Bay’s Jeffrey Vinik.”

NEW YORK POST: Rangers owner James Dolan, who was rumored interested in attending the meeting, was not invited by the league. Though NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA director Donald Fehr won’t be in attendance, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Daly Fehr will be there.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The list of six NHL players to attend the meeting has yet to be determined, but it is expected Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who has taken a keen interest in the CBA negotiations and attended several previous meetings, could be in attendance.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Citing a tweet from TSN analyst Aaron Ward noted the NHLPA had hoped to include the two mediatorss who had met with the two sides last week but the notion was rejected by the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have a more detail take on this meeting later today in my Soapbox. The fact Jeremy Jacobs – chairman of the NHL Board of Governors and considered by many the most hawkish of the hard line owners – will be there doesn’t bode well (in my opinion) for any resolution to emerge from this meeting. I’m also not surprised Dolan wasn’t invited to attend, as he hasn’t exactly endeared himself to Bettman in recent years.


  1. I believe you meant Steve Fehr not Daly.

    • Yep. Thanks, I fixed it.

  2. Agree with you that as long as Jacobs is there, nothing changes. Hopefully Cooke or Torres will be there and they decide to lay him out.

    • Tongue-in-cheek posts like this need a ‘like’ button!

      • Thanks.

  3. The only way the PA should have agreed to a meeting was with the 30 owners (29 if you don’t include Phoenix) and 29 or 30 players. That way the PA could hear from some of the more moderate owners, unless of course Bettman has a way of muzzling them from speaking their minds.
    Alomg with the few players and more hawkish owners Steve Fehr will be there to report back to his brother and the PA and Bill Daley will be there to snitch to Bettman on any owners not following the party line, as if any of this hand picked group would veer off of the script.
    Of course the league didn’t want the two mediators there as that would have revealed the real wolves trying to stay hidden under the sheep’s clothing that Bettman and the owners wear. I am almost positive that in the meetings attended by these mediators Bettman was as smooth as silk, unruffalable and sat there with that silly smile of his plastered on his face no matter how hard it was or what was said at the table. A distinct difference from the man that stormed out of a previous ten minute “meeting” when Fehr wouldn’t accept his ultimatum of an offer. With the mediators and press we only see one of Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde’s faces, the other is reserved for the the brothers’ Fehr and their employers, the NHLPA.

  4. I can understand how the Union would want “Face of the Game” Crosby to be in attendance, but I think it may be more useful to have some of the Ivy-league College type players there. 2 guys who could make a serious impact would be Douglas Murray and George ‘the stash’ Parros. Both are well educated, and physically intimidating.