The NHLPA has agreed to a league-proposed owners and players meeting Tuesday in New York as the two sides continue to search for traction in labor negotiations.
The session, initially suggested by the league to as a meeting between owners and players only, will feature a group of six owners, approximately the same number of players and a few staff members from both sides. Neither NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman nor NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr will take part, though.
“The NHLPA has agreed to a meeting on Tuesday in New York that should facilitate dialogue between Players and Owners,” Fehr said in a statement. “Neither the Commissioner nor I will be present, although each side will have a limited number of staff or counsel present.”
According to a statement released by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, the following owners are expected to attend: Pittsburgh’s Ron Burkle, Winnipeg’s Mark Chipman, Calgary’s Murray Edwards, Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum and Tampa Bay’s Jeff Vinik.
Jacobs and Edwards are both members of the NHL’s four-man negotiating committee, which also includes Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and Minnesota’s Craig Leipold. To date, those owners have been the only ones permitted at the bargaining table.
“There will be Owners attending this meeting who have not previously done so, which is encouraging and which we welcome,” Fehr said in a statement. “We hope that this meeting will be constructive and lead to a dialogue that will help us find a way to reach an agreement.”