NEW YORK (WGR 550) -- The clock is ticking on the 2013 NHL Season, and The NHL and NHLPA are taking a new approach in negotiations. The two sides agreed to meet again on Tuesday in New York, but this time they will not be joined by Commissioner Gary Bettman or NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr.
Participating in the meeting will be a group of six owners and a small group of players. The owners that will take part in the meeting are Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins, Ronald Burkle of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mark Chipman of the Winnipeg Jets, Jeffery Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames and Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The NHLPA requested that a staff member from each side be present for the meeting. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly will attend the meeting while the NHLPA has yet to identify which staff member they will have in the room.
In response to the meeting, Donald Fehr 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.”
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