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NHLPA to give NHL conditions for owner-player talks

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08:10 AM ET 12.01 | The NHL Players Association is expected to offer several conditions which would lead to brass-free direct talks between the league's owners and players in a bid to break Lockout III. 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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December 1, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Waste of time. Walk away from this players before Bettman uses it as a media relations ploy and says "well we tried".

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December 1, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Well this sure seems stupid, which, of course, is why it was Bettman's idea! Changing channels now!

December 1, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Waste of time. Walk away from this players before Bettman uses it as a media relations ploy and says "well we tried".

I think the fans, the media, the general public, the advertisers and Simbu the monkey know better by now.The NHL is a junior league trying to play with the big boys. Being a rabid Canadian hockey fan I embarrassed for the sport.

December 1, 2012  09:30 AM ET

If the players have to enter the board room world of the owners perhaps right after that the owners could lace 'em up and play a game against said players.

December 1, 2012  09:33 AM ET

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December 1, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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I think the fans, the media, the general public, the advertisers and Simbu the monkey know better by now.The NHL is a junior league trying to play with the big boys. Being a rabid Canadian hockey fan I embarrassed for the sport.

way to hit the nailc on the head.

December 1, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Well this sure seems stupid, which, of course, is why it was Bettman's idea! Changing channels now!

I'm sure this wrinkled, old prick had something to do with it too.

December 1, 2012  10:12 AM ET

now there will be a pissing match over this stupid idea... the PA is right in saying that the BoG not be involved, obviously fehr believes jacobs is one of if not the main driving force behind the lookout so hes right in wanting jacobs out of the room. Then the league will make its case for certain players to be out of the talks, which is beyond stupid, even without the BoG this entire idea is completely in the owners favour.... dont make it an even bigger joke by eliminating the smartest players with the most knowledge of the situation.

December 1, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Waste of time. Walk away from this players before Bettman uses it as a media relations ploy and says "well we tried".

Good point Buc.

December 1, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Where's Dexter when you need him?

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December 1, 2012  11:52 AM ET
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Why is the PA right in not having the board of governors involved???? That's asinine. The BOG own this league and it's their money to negotiate with. From there you dove head first into some speculation ie: "Then the league will make its case for certain players to be out of the talks". Could we let it play out first before you manufacture more reasons to hate the owners?As for everyone's new favorite whipping boy J. Jacobs, apparently none of the folks who favor the players getting whatever they want will consider that he is in the position he's in because the rest of the owners want him there.

Go read the last line of the article

December 1, 2012  12:02 PM ET

The BoG have been doing the negotiating up to this point and where has that gotten them? No where, if the idea is to involve different owners to try and get something going then the BoG shouldn't be there. Gary is the face of the league but don't kid yourself, the BoG is the real power in the NHL and Jacobs is the head of it so he's gonna start catching some serious flack also, especially after reports have surfaced that he has told other owners to sit down and shut up.

December 1, 2012  12:17 PM ET
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The season is over..........before it ever got started.

I don't remember the NHLPA or Fehr locking out the game.

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December 1, 2012  12:34 PM ET
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I think the fans, the media, the general public, the advertisers and Simbu the monkey know better by now.The NHL is a junior league trying to play with the big boys. Being a rabid Canadian hockey fan I embarrassed for the sport.

Good points. My take on this whole drama? I think the day the NHLPA decided to hire the Fehrer to do their "negotiating" for them, the owners decided they will not allow that sphincter muscle to add one more win to his "negotiating" resume. Knowing the Fehrer's history of negotiating with the NFL and MLB, they decided to brake him and/or the NHLPA. They're determined to make the players rue the day they hired him. Unfortunately, the players are too stupid to realize that, in the end, they will lose far more than they'll ever gain.

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