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