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Crosby, Toews could participate in Tuesday’s players-owners meeting

Dec 3, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby; Dan Cleary; Jonathan Toews AP

The NHLPA hasn’t officially said which players will meet with six owners Tuesday afternoon in New York, but two likely attendees include Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, according to the Canadian Press.

Both players are expected to be in New York tomorrow.

It goes without saying that Crosby’s participation in the stalled CBA negotiations, to be held without NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Donald Fehr, would be significant. The 25-year-old Pittsburgh captain, arguably hockey’s biggest star, hasn’t been hesitant to share his opinion on the lockout.

It’s also worth noting that Pittsburgh owner Ron Burkle is one of the six owners slated to be there. In June, Crosby signed a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension with the Penguins.

Toews has been equally, if not more, critical of the league’s demands.

“We saw what the (owners) did in ’04-05, and who knows if they’re willing to do that again,” the 24-year-0ld Blackhawks captain said in September. “To me, it’s just carelessness. It’s them just trying to show everyone that they’re the owners and they’re the league. They can do whatever they want.”

  1. id4joey - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Toews just proved that he’s not worthy of speaking publicly about the conflict. What an immature thing to say. Hopefully he puts more thought in his locker room speeches. And this guy might be in the room with the owners…. Someone gag this guy.

    • General Lee 1175 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      someone should apply a gag order on you joey to stfu already

    • valoisvipers - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      I guess playing with Kane is rubbing off on him.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Sending guys in with that type of mindset will not help advance the process. Fehr will send in 6 brain washed puppets and nothing will change except the players won’t have to eat soup for lunch.

  2. tfaltin - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I think I’d want Crosby (iconic value and ability to connect with Pens owner), Chara (physically intimidate Jacobs), St. Louis (veteran who might be more eager to resume play), Miller (well-read and has had opinions I’ve agreed with throughout the process), Parros (Ivy education never hurts, plus he’s not a star and can speak to the experience of a fringe player), and Ron Hainsey (he’s been there throughout the process and may have some credibility to the owners, and Winnipeg Jets connection).

    • islesjb - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      very solid list. I would feel good about having all of those guys in the room

    • shotzongoal - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Very well thought out list. I would like to see a dissenter like Roman Hamrlik in the meeting also.

  3. dayno66 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Dear Toews,
    It’s business, don’t take it so personal.

  4. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I still wish it was Lemieux taking part, as opposed to Burkle. Mario can see this from both sides.

  5. wsphloyd - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

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    The little, arrogant weasel must go!!!!

  6. sportsfan69 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    It would be more productive for the CBA meeting to have a wide range of players represent the group. Not strictly a group of twenty something millionaire’s. Diversity in the group is a key to success.

  7. id4joey - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    General Lee, yes. You can be the first to do so. Please proceed.

  8. jernster21 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    They should get some guys in there that haven’t taken so many shots to the head for starters.

  9. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Gotta love people telling others to stfu on a sports talk forum.

    • General Lee 1175 - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Gotta love people who react to posts that have nothing to do with them lol

  10. mrwings787 - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Can I buy a fehr NHLPA jersey

  11. sportsfan69 - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Oh, you so smart. A racist idiot.

    • General Lee 1175 - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      sportsfan you must be black lol

  12. stain67 - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    A sports reported in boston, Steve Burton, is reporting the lockout will end within 48 hours. He refuses to name his source.
    Obviously, I want to believe this but Steve Burton “scooping” this story is hard to believe.
    Boston news stations barley cover the Bruins. It took the Stanley cup finals in 2011, before we would get more than a score in the evening news. Sportscasters didn’t get names right, and their knowledge of the game of hockey is embarrassing.

  13. acieu - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Crosby and toews two ineffectual members

  14. xaf605 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Stfu sportsfan i think you must be the racist!

  15. romasko - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Can’t wait till I read the headlines after tomorrow’s meeting, I can see it just now: “Not even close, Players feel insulted by the owners.” and “Jeremy Jacobs still the oldest penny pinching douchebag around.” Ahh good times :)

  16. ziggt - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    The final play by Bettman. These talks lead to an agreement…. Bettman retires saying that he clearly got in the way of the process….BUT he also take Fehr down with him by having him on the outside when an deal framework is agreed to,

  17. dannythebisforbeast - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    @sportsfan you made yourself out to be the idiot.

    i dont see this helping facilitate a deal unless players are desperate for a deal but afraid to break ranks in public, if they are the owners will have them..again.

    Fehr may have lost the 94 season but has not been a work stoppage since

    Bettman on the other hand has a work stoppage at the end of every CBA. He is
    a puppet and a lackey for the owners does only whats best for them and not the league or its future

  18. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Great. Two dopey barely made it through high school hockey players are here to save the season.

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