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If there’s a player-owner meeting, count Martin St. Louis in

Nov 30, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

Martin St. Louis AP

The NHLPA hasn’t decided if they want to go ahead with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s proposal to hold a CBA meeting between the players and owners without the union or league leaders being present. However, if such a meeting does happen, Martin St. Louis would want to be a part of it.

“I would,” St. Louis said in a Tampa Bay Times report. “But you would have to be cautious, too. These guys (the owners) are successful because they’re doing deals their whole life. We’re hockey players, so we have to be careful.”

One thing St. Louis wants clarified is what owners would be present. If it’s just the hard-liners, then St. Louis isn’t sure that the meeting would be productive.

“But it’s something to think about,” St. Louis said. “I’m sure we’ll discuss the ins and outs of it.”

The NHLPA and NHL also recently spoke to federal mediators about the lockout. However, the mediators only spoke with them for two days before determining, in NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly’s words, “that the parties remained far apart, and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time.”

  1. capesouth - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    I agree with controlling who attends (no Jacobs). That being said, I could see this becoming like a poker game….each side (especially the PA) start to try and negotiate exactly what owners should attend. It becomes a negotiation on who attends the CBA negotiation….which is messed up.

  2. id4joey - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    What a mess?

    It’s been reported that the union may leave players in a move formally referred to as a “disclaimer of interests.” It basically means the union refuses to represent the players.

    The league could simply suspend operations until such time as it can deal with a union and negotiate a new CBA. This would be the safest approach for the league as it would avoid any potential anti-trust actions.

    Given that they’ve locked the players out and no games are being played, such a move would not be a stretch for the league.

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012/11/30/sp-nhl-lockout-nhlpa-diclaimer-of-interest.html

  3. sportsfan69 - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    OK! We have a leader. Mr. Martin St.louis is stepping up, I applaud you for your leadership and dedication. It’s easier to sit back and be a negative Nellie. Your actions will be respected by the NHL fans. I would be nice to see other to follow.

  4. id4joey - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    St. Louis should stick to what he does best.. Go play hockey in EU, and let the big boys handle the big problems.

  5. bisoshyah12 - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    id4joey you are in idiot. shut the hell up!

  6. id4joey - Dec 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Back off St. Louis. Go play hockey. LOL!

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