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Report- What The Players Want With The Owners Sit-Down

via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s latest idea for this lockout’s end-run around the Players’ Association’s officials — direct talks between an unspecified number of owners, who are professional businessmen, and a number of players, who are professional athletes — could mean an absence of union advice in the talks.

The talks would be conducted without Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union heads Donald and Steve Fehr.

The union is said to be taking a ‘Why not?’ attitude rather than giving an enthusiastic endorsement of the concept.

Because of the vulnerable position such talks would put the union in, the Players Association will require the talks not be a negotiation, but rather a conversation in which participants can express themselves, The Post’s Larry Brooks has learned.

In addition, the union will insist the owners involved not include the four on the negotiating committee, led by Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs.

The union is expected to also insist the league have no say in designating which players attend the talks, a point the league is said to want.

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The person i think nhl will pick is ed snider. although he’s hawk like bettman he has more to lose in this situation because of comcast/nbc relationship. plus the players like him around the league and that article that he denied showed that he has a different philosophy than jacobs. snider would cave into things.

Posted by FlyersFan on 12/01/12 at 03:22 PM ET


“We won’t negotiate without our lawyers, but we will happily put the owners who’ve sat on the sidelines (whether by choice or by helplessness) in a position where they can no longer do so and need to look the same guys they signed in the eyes and tell em that they want to screw em”

Some people asked why the NHLPA would ever accept something like that. I think, under these limited conditions, there’s not really any reason not to. I mean, can someone like Snider (who isn’t necessarily pro-lockout anyway) stay on message when Giroux shows up all teary-eyed and talks about how valuable NHL hockey is to him, while still recovering from some cheap shot from a bush leaguer in Germany? Curious to know.

Posted by larry on 12/01/12 at 03:30 PM ET

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