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Fehr encouraged by inclusion of owners new to talks in upcoming meeting

Dec 2, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby AP

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr confirmed that there will be a players-owners meeting on Tuesday.

Owners Ron Burkle of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins, Mark Chipman of the the Winnipeg Jets, Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames, and Jeffrey Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning are expected to be in attendance.

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

The players involved have not been announced and we don’t know who among the NHLPA’s staff or counsel will be present. However, it is worth noting that NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will reportedly be present, so the union might end up including Steve Fehr in the meeting.

  1. eyeh8goodell - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Unfortunately for the owners, they won’t be dealing with ghetto simpletons as was the case in the NBA/NFL lockouts.

    • zetaone - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Wow. Racist much?

      • General Lee 1175 - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

        oh wah wah wah now someone cant use the word ghetto without a liberal pu$$y like you saying something about it??? get lost already

      • zetaone - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Using the word ‘ghetto’ next to the word ‘simpleton’ in the context of the NFL/NBA (predominantly non-Caucasian sports) is an obvious passive aggressive tone used by someone that is a closet racist. Having your name being General Lee, it isn’t a shock to me that you defend that kind of primitive thinking.

        Go back to reenacting your civil war battles.

        I feel sorry that you have to devalue the lives of others to make yourself feel better.

      • zetaone - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        Not to mention, the majority of players in the NBA and NFL are college graduates. Are you two?

      • bcjim - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        You should probably double check those stats. Id be very surprised to learn that the majority of NFL or certainly NBA players are college grads. Shocked in fact.

        Still the OP was uncalled for.

      • zetaone - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        Even if it’s 51%, that’s a majority. I can say with absolute certainty that at LEAST 51% of NFL players graduated from college.

      • tfaltin - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        General Lee is under the impresision that the South won the “war of northern aggression” and that President Obama is a Muslim.

      • kitshky - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

        This General Lee jackass has been doing a lot of this lately, just ignore him and hopefully he’ll go back to sleeping with cousins and polishing his guns while he waits for the day the big bad Federal government comes over the hill ….not to actually take away any freedoms mind you … just to give his State even more Federal grants and continue to support the “true patriots” who believe you’re not American unless you think like they do.

        …ya know, the one’s who don’t need anyone but their broke ass selves.

    • ron05342 - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      You are right.

      They will be dealing with white trailer trash simpletons. Last time I looked, most of the NBA/NFL players obtained college degrees.

      Hockey players? Not so much.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        The New York Times reported in 2009 that 21% of NBA players earned an undergraduate degree.

        The last numbers I could find were that only 35% of NFL players obtained their undergraduate degree.

        Going to college doesn’t make you intelligent, anyone can go to college.

  2. tfaltin - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    I am too, Don. Here’s hoping that the prescence of owners from markets who are eager to see the return of hockey win the day. Very interesting timing given the Board of Governors meeting the next day. Fingers crossed this is the beginning of the end for this embarrassment, and the common fan will forgive and forget for the future health of the league.

  3. deadrabbit79 - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    The inclusion of Daly kills any hope there might be.

    • capesouth - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      I would say the inclusion of Daly and Jacobs makes this a tough one to be excited about. I understand the players wanted Fehr there so the owners should naturally have Daly but the more these guys are involved, the more this meeting is just like any other meeting they’ve had, especially with Jacobs.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Gretzky looks a little bloated !

  5. rainyday56 - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    PA will have to carefully vett which players go to the meeting. Educated bubble players like Parros might show up with a resume under their arms. :)

  6. ducksk - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    “Can’t we just get along?” Rodney king

    • zetaone - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      That’s what I’d like to do! Unfortunately we live in a world filled with bigots and ignoramuses. I don’t care where I am, or what website I am on, I won’t just stand for it and let it happen. It’s silly that it still is going on at such a high degree. It’s almost 2013 ffs.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        If you didn’t just make “facts” up, you wouldn’t have to pretend to be offended.

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