This past Wednesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman proposed a rather unconventional idea to both NHL owners and players after talks between the NHL and NHLPA stalled even before they met with mediators.
Bettman suggested a group of select owners and players should meet without himself and NHLPA head Donald Fehr present in an attempt to bridge the gap between the two sides on some of the issues that are not allowing them to come to a new collective bargaining agreement.
Well, today (Sunday) we found out the two sides have agreed to the meeting according to the Associated Press and even though Bettman and Fehr will not be present, both sides will still have some staff members and aides with them in the room.
From the Associated Press, “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) will take part in the talks. The players’ association didn’t immediately say who will attend from its side.”
At this time its been reported the NHLPA is currently in the process of selecting which players will be present at the meeting and at the moment the meeting is expected to be on Tuesday in New York City.