This is just me, but I think tomorrow’s Board of Governors meeting will be more critical to the proceedings than today’s meeting of 18 hand-picked players and six hand-picked owners (especially since Jeremy Jacobs is one of the owners in the room).
I think there’s a chance the governors (i.e. owners in most cases) get it out in the open that they might want to save a season, and that the owners’ side might need to budge a bit in order to save them all a ton of revenue they will otherwise lose.
I also think there’s a chance the owners are convinced by the hawk-ish leadership to flush the season down the toilet.
As for today’s meeting, the NHLPA sent out its roster: 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.
Some smart guys in that group. Or maybe Skidney can whine the owners into a deal.
And as far as James Dolan not being invited for the owners’ side (and we all pretty much know that he wants this thing settled), this is what I’ve heard (and I’m not saying previous reports are false):
If he wanted to be involved, he didn’t make that clear or attempt to communicate that to the Lockout Commissioner. That’s what I was told. Not that he would have been included anyway. But if he didn’t say so, how or why would the league put him on the roster?
Too bad. Would be great so see some moderate owners do some of the negotiating.