Players, owners to meet Tuesday; no Dolan, says the NHL


(Just wondering, was Jim Dolan, who according to Larry Brooks, wanted to be involved, snubbed by the NHL? Does NHL HQ worry that he might work toward some middle ground and try to get this thing settled? That he’s not hawkish enough, or small-market enough, or is it just because the Lockout Commissioner doesn’t like him?)


From the NHLPA:

Statement from Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director regarding Players & Owners meeting:

TORONTO (December 2, 2012): Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director issued the following statement this evening regarding a meeting between Owners and Players later this week:

“The NHLPA has agreed to a meeting on Tuesday in New York that should facilitate dialogue between Players and Owners.  Neither the Commissioner nor I will be present, although each side will have a limited number of staff or counsel present.

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

From the NHL:


NEW YORK (December 2, 2012) — NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly

issued the following statement today regarding a meeting between NHL Owners

and Players this week:

“We have confirmed with the Union that we will attempt to schedule a

Players/Owners-only meeting for some time on Tuesday afternoon in New York.

No further details have been confirmed at this point. We expect the

following NHL Owners to attend: Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mark

Chipman (Winnipeg Jets), Murray Edwards (Calgary Flames), Jeremy Jacobs

(Boston Bruins), Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeff Vinik

(Tampa Bay Lightning).  We will provide further details when available and

as appropriate.”


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  1. IBleedRangersBlue on

    Can this actually do anything or is this just another (Marc) staal tactic. ..if they make some headway and agree tosomethings can buttman come in and say no were not doing that?

  2. _(Just wondering, was Jim Dolan, who according to Larry Brooks, wanted to be involved, snubbed by the NHL? Does NHL HQ worry that he might work toward some middle ground and try to get this thing settled? That he’s not hawkish enough, or small-market enough, or is it just because the Lockout Commissioner doesn’t like him?)_

    All of the above.

  3. Shows how much of a Clutterbuck this lockout is if we’re lamenting the absence of Dolan as a positive and rational presence in proceedings.

  4. Oh, not disagreeing that Dolan (and even Mr. Snider, judging by reports) should be allowed to be involved if they want to be.

    Just feels a bit perverse as a Rangers fan to see Dolan as the solution to anything at all.

  5. why have the owner of the 2nd most valuable team in the largest market for the sport at the meeting? after all you can have the owners of the COyotes, Preds, and blue jackets there… they might steal the salt shakers and napkins off the tables at the meeting. they will share a cab to the meeting also…

    DOlan should make a stink to end this farce but he never would…

  6. I’ve decided to mostly cease doing game DVDs, and onto online and external hdd storage. So from now on, whatever hockey torrent files I think will be interesting to the rest of you, I’m going to upload to a random email account that everyone can share.

    For those interested in an Operation Hat Trick Documentary torrent, with interviews from the players and highlights from the game and of Henrik’s 55+ saves. It’s a 24 minute video. You must have a torrent program like UTorrent or BitTorrent to download the torrent.

    password: lundqvist30

  7. Good morning, boneheads!

    I thought the meeting was going to be without any NHL/NHLPA officials. Guess not….

  8. Good morning all; I gotta say not that Dolan is any sort of Godsend but, I feel the league fears his involvement. This work stoppage is very damaging for the Rangers growth in a tough media market. Let’s face it we all love hockey but there are people around who are not going to give the game any thought or attention until its in their face all the time(in a positive non lock out way). Right now the Rangers are developing a winning pedigree which means more coverage and more $$$ for Dolan. He knows this and wants this to end. Bettman and Jacobs have no interest in that. So you will see Jacobs continue to wreck the process. What a sham… waste of time money talent and worst of all a waste of all of us fan’s time.

  9. No NHL, the Yankees are a mess……Go Giants!

    Am I really going to have to start following, following the Knicks?

  10. Yet another optimistic report that will be shot down by the behavior of Bettman, Daly and Jacobs today and probably followed by a season cancellation tomorrow at the Board of Gov’s meeting. My Center Ice money is ready to get splashed on a PS3.

  11. Good morning, boneheads!

    So the reporter from Boston who broke the news last night apparently isn’t a “hockey” guy. I suppose people are as bored as we all are.

  12. iBleed, I kind of tweeted about it last night … first, I don’t know who this guy is. second, none of the other NHL insiders have been able to find/hear anything even remotely close to that kind of info, despite trying. third, Sarah Kwak of SI quoted Bill Daly last night as saying there’s not even a morsel of truth to it.

    So, in short, yeah, I don’t believe it for a second and will be pleasantly stunned if it turns out to be true.

    Good morning, Sally!

  13. I’m hearing on Twitter player numbers aren’t limited to 6 – as long as they stick some Ivy League educated guys in there like Parros and Westgarth then they cant all be dismissed as high-school dropouts.

  14. I think Parros has agreed to be outside the room with the clipboard functioning as the bouncer for this invite-only meeting.

  15. Kind of odd for a longtime reporter to go out on a limb like that without an iota of truth. I think Bill Daley might be the one here acting like the bulwark preventing the owners from losing any leverage. If there’s a hint a human butt plug like Jacobs is loosening his grip, the player may very well smell the blood in the water and finally wake up to the reality that playing in this inferior leagues ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

  16. Then again, if I were in my early 20s, getting a free European vacation and boffing as many Swiss misses as I could fit in my bed during a time when I’d otherwise be subjected to a grueling physical regimen and travel schedule; I’m not sure I’d want the lockout to end either.

  17. What?? I never expected such a vile, filthy word to come out of the mouth of The Doctor. Im disappointed in you, The Doctor.

  18. the format of this meeting and any restraints put in place by Bettman/Daly/Jacobs will determine how effective it is.
    I think the best hope for the lockout to end is if there something done at the Board of Gov’s meeting by the moderates to try and pressure the big 3 to climb down and save the season.
    If this John Collins guy has been the driving force behind the increase in revenues and is threatening to leave – they surely must be getting a bit of a reality check by now or is there no link to the real world on Planet Lockout?

  19. From the NHLPA:
    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.

  20. A video posted in the email account. It’s of an NHL VHS from 1997 entitled Mark Messier: Leader, Champion, and Legend.

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