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NHLPA confirms Crosby, Toews among 18 players meeting with owners

Dec 4, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

Crosby Toews

Here’s part of the official NHLPA statement regarding the group of players selected to meet with owners on Tuesday at 2PM ET at the Westin New York at Times Square:

This afternoon, the players will meet a group of owners.

The 18 players present in New York today are:

Craig Adams, David Backes, Michael Cammalleri, Sidney Crosby, B.J. Crombeen, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Ron Hainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Jamal Mayers, Manny Malhotra, Andy McDonald, Ryan Miller, George Parros, Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis, Jonathan Toews and Kevin Westgarth.

The 18 players will meet with six owners — Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, Calgary’s Murray Edwards, Tampa Bay’s Jeff Vinik, Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum, Pittsburgh’s Ron Burkle and Winnipeg’s Mark Chipman.

Some quick facts on the group:

— Darche is the lone unrestricted free agent.

— Teams represented: Pittsburgh (x2), Chicago (x2), St. Louis (x2), Tampa Bay (x2), Calgary, Phoenix, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Buffalo, Florida, Los Angeles, New York Rangers.

— Teams not represented: New Jersey, Nashville, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, San Jose, Washington, Ottawa, Montreal, Dallas, Colorado, Carolina, Minnesota, Anaheim, Toronto, New York Islanders, Columbus.

— There are no European players among the 18.

— The highest-salaried player, under contract, is Brad Richards (owed $12 million this year.) The lowest is Kevin Westgarth ($700,000).


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  1. coreydm80 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Let’s see

  2. paledevil - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    everybody chant in your head until the meeting ends ……GET IT DONE….. Thought projection ….

  3. rsanth01 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    They should all be locked in the room like the Cardinals at Conclave when electing a new Pope. Don’t come out until you have a deal done. Send up white smoke signals when you’re ready to sign the deal and we’ll let you out.

    • mmcneels81 - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Red smoke, perhaps, to call for medics to handle casualties/body removal?

  4. desertfan - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Suggest some bread and beer as the Monks did-always leads to a compromising air.

  5. bigtganks - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    “Agenda item #1. How are we splitting the cost of this conference room here at the Westin?… 50/50?”

    /chaos, eye rolling, and fingerpointing then ensues…

  6. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Jeremy Jacobs is there? Why bother having this meeting? The second that scumbag starts spewing his lies I hope they all just get up and walk out.

    • jkline3 - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      If Jacobs is supposedly the driving force behind the lockout he absolutely needs to be there. Either the players need to understand what they are dealing with and know that this is THE offer they are getting or the other owners need to understand that this is their pied piper, no deal is getting done and be ready to follow him off the cliff. Like it or not, he is part of the process and not including him in the meeting turns it into even more of a dog and pony show. At least having him there makes it possible for a breakthrough – either the other owners break ranks or the players accept what is being offered.

      • mrchainbluelightning - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        If Jacobs is there then bring on Daly and the weasel, and if they are going to be there then Fehr should be there and then….what’s the point.

        Yup Ill stick by my original assessment that having Jacobs there serves no purpose other than to make sure this meeting goes nowhere.

        Which it won’t

      • mrchainbluelightning - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        I mean really, if “driving forces” are supposed to be here, then bring on Everyone. This meeting was supposed to be different. Having the “driving force” present does NOTHING but wastes people time.

        Having Jacobs there is absolutely no different that having weasel there.
        And look no Dolan there? That’s a real shocker

        This is another garbage PR stunt where the owners send it Jacobs and a bunch of yes men who won’t say anything to rock the boat or offer anything different.

      • jkline3 - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Pretending the elephant in the room is not there is not going to get a deal done. Doesn’t matter if you like him, he’s still a party to the negotiations and apparently a very influential one. Scumbag or not, if he’s really calling the shots and is not involved why bother? Might as well be sending in the Zamboni drivers to negotiate in that case.

  7. tomnickle - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Wouldn’t the lowest salaried player be the guy(Darche) who doesn’t have a contract?

    Just sayin.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      I think they all make the same right now unless you were lucky enough to still be injured from last season.

  8. fortwaynekomets - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    like I posted in the new thread, I’m not too optimistic anymore. Gary Bettman and the NHL have taken greed to a whole other level. It’s to the point where my kids are asking questions I can no longer answer. I also just wanted to let everyone know that I’m doing fantastic without NHL. I hook up my computer to my TV and watch hockey on the big screen every Friday and Sat. night… and its all due to America One Sports online where you can watch any College, CHL, or ECHL games + many more! I am obviously a diehard of minor league hockey, and I can honestly say this is the most talent stacked ECHL I’ve ever seen! Go Komets!!!

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Calgary is represented by the third player on the list Mike Cammalleri. Kind of surprised they wouldn’t have had Iginla there, he would seem like a natural choice since he’s well respected around the league by both players and management.

  10. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Iginla always did strike me as being a pretty intelligent guy. Probably could use him in there! Glad to see Sid and Craig Adams there for Pgh.

  11. hairywonder - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    unleash Parros

  12. bcjim - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    What is going on??

    Its 730pm. What happened in the “big meeting”?

    I thought I’d have a slew of tweets from Dreger, Bob, etc. by now. NOTHING?

  13. id4joey - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Sources tell me the owners/players are breaking for diner and talks will resume later. They key contributing owners are Tannenbaum and Burkle. Lemieux is in the house with Geoff Molson, Pat Brisoon, Luc Robitaille, Bergevin, Shanahan, Daly etc…

    • bigtganks - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      It’s nice to have a players perspective who is no longer a player like many of those above who were part of the previous 1-2 lockouts. Hopefully they can empathize with the players having been there and help them understand. Because we all know some of these players today will be GM’s and partial owners in 10-20 years anyway and they’ll be singing the owners tune at that time.

    • blomfeld - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:27 PM


      Joey, Jim and friends …
      As you know, I’ve been convinced from the very start that this entire business is by “design” and that we will have a season in the end. That being said however, I honestly didn’t think that Bettman would dare take it this far, as he’s now skating on “thin ice” … no pun intended ! Nonetheless, something is “definitely” going down right now and this scheduled Board of Govenor’s meeting tomorrow sure seems coincidental eh ? (ie: in fact, I wasn’t even aware that they meet “bi anually” every year in June and December ?) Anyway, “now” is the time if something is going to happen and I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that it finally will. Your theory Joey about Bettman using last year’s “contrived” NBA impasse as a template, makes more and more sense all the time … especially when you consider the fact that the same law firm is involved, etc. So let’s see friends what transpires now over the next 48 hours, as with any luck this could finally be it ! :)

      ps Joey – ignore the serpents here at PHT, who are as predictable as they are ugly, with the jealous “venom” that they’re inclined to constantly spew !

      ps Bcjim – hey man, I just took my irons in to get re-gripped today … and I selected this fancy-styled “thick” leather type of grip … so I’ve now got a feeling that I could be going “scary” low next year ! :)

  14. id4joey - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Hey! blomfeld, stick around. I’m hanging on by a thread still desperately hoping the idiot players will accept whatever is on the table plus or minus a few million so they minimize their loses. I’m hoping the next axe to fall will be Friday, with no more than another week cancelled, which could allow for the season to start Dec 20. It’s in the players hands, and I hope those are soft hands of a goal scorer as opposed to cement hands of say George Parros.

  15. oldcat157 - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Noooooo! I hate watching NFL highlights and being interrupted by hockey recaps. I’m hopeful that my sharks won’t play until late February or later. Have a 16 game season and see where the chips fall. Works in the NFL so why can’t it work in hockey? Go sharks baby!

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