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Report: Union wanted mediators at players-owners meeting

Dec 2, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

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The NHLPA was interested in including the federal mediators that previously met with both sides in the upcoming players-owners meeting scheduled for Tuesday, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward’s source.

The NHL reportedly rejected that request, but the meeting will still proceed.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr expressed hope that the session will be “constructive” and he was encouraged by the inclusion of owners who had not been in any of the previous CBA talks.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly announced that 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.

It is not yet known who the players will pick to attend the talks.

The federal mediators in question recently met with the NHL and union for two days before ending the talks.

Daly said that the mediators concluded “that the parties remained far apart, and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time.”


Players-owners meeting will happen Tuesday

  1. jimw81 - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    nothing is going to be accomplish with Jeremy Jacobs in the room

    • stakex - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Perhaps not, but I guess if nothing else we will learn if the rumors about him being the driving force behind the owners hard line stance are true.

      After all, it makes little sense for him to be the one behind it. Sure hes a billionair Republican, which means he wants to suck up every penny he can from people… but the owners current offer could really hurt the Bruins. It doesn’t make sense from a hockey perspective from him to want a more restrictive CBA, and a much lower cap.

      So it should be interesting to see if he really is the roadblock hes being portrayed as.

      • zetaone - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        He has been a roadblock in Boston for nearly 40 years. Why will this be any different?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        Since the players aren’t prohibited from speaking their minds and haven’t hesitated to do so, it would behoove Jacobs to be careful about what he says.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      According to Forbes, the Leafs’ 2010–11 operating income of $81.8 million nearly matched the next two most lucrative operations — the Rangers and Canadiens — combined. (And if you’re looking for a staggering figure, the other 27 teams combined for $44.4 million in operating losses.)
      Yes folks the system is broken and needs to be fixed.

  2. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    True dat.

  3. mmcneels81 - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Someone be sure to put a muzzle on Jacobs.

  4. manchestermiracle - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Players saw landmine field ahead, asked for bomb-sniffing dogs. Owners said “no.” Players still going out on mission. Uh-oh….

  5. flyeredup - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Shut it down!

  6. orangeandblack67 - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I would like to know why this meeting is not open to any owner and or any player that chooses to attend. Something smells ( other than Jacobs ben gay and depens).

  7. jaybird22seven - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    TSN should broadcast this for everyone to see. Maybe then we can start to understand this madness.

  8. id4joey - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Waste of time. The owners scheduled to be present are pro-Bettman, and Daly will be there as well. What good can possibly come from this meeting?

    • millertime30 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      correct. a rare agreement for us.

      It also makes perfect sense to me that the league would not want the mediators in this session.. mediators would be more likely to notice any potential ‘funny business’ from the league than a group of hockey players would be.

  9. meane56 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    I don’t understand how Jacobs is getting all the blame for this lockout? Last time I checked there are 29 other owners. Are you going to tell me that Jeremy Jacobs owns all of them? Seems like he is an easy target here by the fans, players, and media. However, I have a hard time believing that one owner has this much power! If you think he has this power, please explain how, because otherwise I am calling BS!

    • millertime30 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM


      • meane56 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        That’s your reasoning?

      • millertime30 - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        That, sir, is a reaction.

  10. id4joey - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    millertime30, They already announced Daly’s presence. Is it nit obvious that players will be allowed to have legal counsel as well?

    • millertime30 - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      little fehr will be there.. i didn’t say they’d be going in w/out representation.

      • id4joey - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        Steve Fehr will probably be there if Daly is present. Anyway. It’s a waste of time.

  11. wsphloyd - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

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    The little, arrogant weasel must go!!!!

    • millertime30 - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      ban this spammer, please?

      • millertime30 - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        no, we like this spammer? ok, i suppose

    • meane56 - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Does the back say, “Take Fehr with you on the way out?”

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