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Rangers' Dolan wants in on owner-player talks

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09:51 AM ET 12.02 | Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan is willing to join talks with NHL players in an effort to end the lockout that threatens the 2012-13 season in its entirety, a source close to the Rangers' governor told Slap Shots yesterday. We are told Dolan, a primary figure on the NBA owners' negotiating committee last year, signaled his desire to become involved in the NHL stalemate upon Gary Bettman's suggestion it might prove beneficial for owners to converse directly with the players without the presence of league or union staff. It is unknown whether the Garden owner has officially volunteered his services to Bettman, with whom he has had essentially no personal relationship dating back to at least 2007, when the Garden urged the commissioner be ousted in conjunction with filing suit against the NHL in a dispute concerning website, digital rights, licensing and team merchandise control.

New York Post

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December 2, 2012  10:01 AM ET

Rangers' Dolan wants in on owner-player talks

He'll be invited to the owner's drug addled son/player talks.

December 2, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Rangers' Dolan wants in on owner-player talks

He'll be invited to the owner's drug addled son/player talks.

That being said, you have to have at least a little respect for anybody that doesn't like the Butt-plug.

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December 2, 2012  10:49 AM ET

Let him in...not like it's going to make things worse!

December 2, 2012  11:11 AM ET

Looks like fun. maybe sit down do a few rails..play some music..

December 2, 2012  11:58 AM ET
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Looks like fun. maybe sit down do a few rails..play some music..

Sitar?

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December 2, 2012  12:31 PM ET

So now the Players are wanting to have legal representation if they participate in the "informal" talks. Does that not eliminate the whole spirit of the idea ??

December 2, 2012  12:39 PM ET

Maybe he can pick up the half-eaten donuts and empty cups while the talks are in progress...

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December 2, 2012  01:41 PM ET
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So now the Players are wanting to have legal representation if they participate in the "informal" talks. Does that not eliminate the whole spirit of the idea ??

So they want to make sure they play it smart.
You think CEO's with MBA's vs highschool graduates is the right way to go?

December 2, 2012  01:46 PM ET

Who decided that only 8 owners need to vote to keep this lockout? Why aren't owners of the Leafs the Habs and the Rangers involved more. After all as stated by Forbes, these 3 teams own almost all the revenue. Why let Jacobs run the show. Why let Leopold who clearly is a terrible owner make decisions. I don't understand how these owners can say, ok, you 5 talking are cool, no matter what you say we are fine. So glad only 8 out of the 30 owners need to keep this lockout going. People keep talking about the palyers voting. I would love to see the owners vote. But these educated men aren't even allowed to talk at all or get fined. Why is that? To show the PA they are strong, even if it is only 8 that want this?

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December 2, 2012  02:45 PM ET
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That being said, you have to have at least a little respect for anybody that doesn't like the Butt-plug.

Bettman Sucks Eh? Are you answering yourself? Looks like this 'no hockey' thing is really getting to you.

December 2, 2012  03:39 PM ET
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So they want to make sure they play it smart. You think CEO's with MBA's vs highschool graduates is the right way to go?

But the whole point was just informal talks- no actual negotiating allowed. Surely the Players can chat without someone holding their hand ?

December 2, 2012  08:13 PM ET

Coming soon......the Law Office of Dolan, Buttman and Thomas.......destroying teams and leagues for over 20 years.

December 2, 2012  08:14 PM ET

Coming soon......the Law Office of Dolan, Buttman and Thomas.......destroying teams and leagues for over 20 years.

December 2, 2012  10:29 PM ET
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Exactly.The rest of the owners probably don't want this halfwit anywhere near that room.

You're being unfair to halfwits by comparing them to Dolan. I might add that the New York Post is about as good a piece of journalism as you'll find in the grocery cart at your local supermarket.

 
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