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At least one GM to join today’s CBA talks

Nov 19, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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We already knew the NHL and NHLPA were getting back to the bargaining table later today in New York, but we still don’t know what will be discussed.

The NHL has said it’s “done making proposals” and is meeting today at the union’s request. League sources tell Louis Jean of TVA Sports they’re unsure if the NHLPA will table a new offer.

According to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press, at least one GM is expected to attend the CBA meetings, along with the “Big Four” (Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Donald Fehr and Steve Fehr) and players.

It hasn’t been reported which GM(s) will attend or why. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of introducing a fresh voice (or voices) to the process. A GM could also speak knowledgeably on the player contracting issues that continue to divide the league and union.


Update 2:

  1. bigoldorcafromvan - Nov 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    If there is media and a tv camera at the meeting, you can bet that Burke will be there. (Media Junk) This muzzle treatment from the NHL office to the owners and gms must be burning the inside of Burke.

    • habsman - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      “Burkie” is still snuggled up in a sleeping bag on Younge Street with a fluffy pillow and a Blackberry.

  2. jaybird22seven - Nov 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Bring in Don Cherry !!!!

  3. id4joey - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Earlier I reported that Iginla stood to lose 14 million over 2 lockouts, and stats he can’t make up for. Another victim would be Brodeur who could lose 11 million over 2 lockouts, and his career stats could be missing 40 wins and 7 SO from 04/05 and perhaps 30 wins from this year. Ouch! Get these guys back on the ice owners and PA.

  4. cvgconstruction - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    From a fan stand point it’s now or never, the fans on the bubble will start dropping off looking for some thing else, I say get it done now!

  5. semin28 - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Bring on DON ChERRY!

  6. valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    The way I see it, Gary and the owners have now dug themselves a trench and won’t budge any further until Herr Ferh and the players give. Is today that day? I think not but hope so.If today produces no significant movement then that would mean than that both sides are in their trenches and December games will soon be cancelled. As much as I don’t want to board that train of despair friends, it seems like it is stopping at a station near you, all too soon enough.

    • tatdue - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      @valoisvipers – You saying…”As much as I don’t want to board that train of despair friends”….is quite funny because in the very next article you make this comment…..”Gary only needs 7 owner’s support as the league owns the Yotes and Gary gets that vote and mine.”……As far as I can see you already support the lock out and your buddy Bettman!

      You sir, are an idiot!

      • valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        I do support Gary, the owners.and the lockout. I do this for the overall health of the league. When Crosby or some others that make even more than his paltry 8.7 million a year, make more than 80% of the NHL teams make, then there is something wrong with the system. Do you not agree?

      • blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        @tatdue – And you sir are the conductor on that train of despair ! The bottom line is that people should be on the side of “reason” … not the side of the owners or the side of the players. Your support for the “millionaire” players is no less deplorable than those who support the “millionaire” owners.

      • tatdue - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        @blom – I am on the side of reason….and reason says that so far this has not been a negotiation but instead a series of demands coming from some self righteous billionaire owners who think that because they have the gold the payers should bow before them!…..I applaud the players for making a stand for something that they believe is right!….F@%K THE BILLIONAIRE OWNERS for taking this approach!!!!!…..I really miss my hockey but I’ll gladly miss it some more to see the end of this lock out crap happening every 6-7 years!!!!!

      • blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        @tatdue – I don’t disagree with anything you’re saying. Yes indeed, F the owners ! … in fact, F all wealthy pigs for that matter ! Nonetheless, that’s just the way it is and nothing the players do is going to ever change that. Here it’s pissing rain today and I don’t like it one bit. So I can moan about it and be a stick in the mud, or I can adapt and make the best of the situation … the choice is mine. The same goes for these players. They can continue to be stubborn all they want and in the process go over the cliff … that’s their choice. Well guess who’s going to be at that cliff’s edge looking down and laughing ? … you guessed it, Bettman and the owners ! The bottom line is that while “fairness” is no doubt a wonderful concept, in the real world it has sadly very little applicability.

        ps: hey man, have I ever offered you an Elvis video ? … if not then please enjoy ! :)

  7. valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Oh yeah, the train of dispair is in reference to all the sad sacks who can’t handle losing hockey for a month or two while I am willing to wait it out a year or two if that what it takes for the league to get it’s ducks in a row for the long term health of the league.I like that 30 teams can compete on an equal footing and not have 24 farm teams for the 6 elite teams with all the coin.

  8. ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I read “Full mtng will take place after that” as ‘full mounting.’

    maybe that’ll get things moving

    • bigblackzaranek - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      well thanks for that visual… now i’ll be vomiting and attempting to sleep while curled into the fetal position…

      • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM


        mission: accomplished

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