New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Tuesday’s session between 18 players and 6 owners of the NHL for a new collective bargaining agreement is deemed the best by far.
“In some ways, I’d say it might be the best day we’ve had,” said NHLPA Special Counsel Steve Fehr.
“I think everyone wants to get a deal done, so I think that’s encouraging. We look forward to hopefully making more progress tomorrow,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The NHL and NHLPA, minus commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, met at a midtown Manhattan hotel for multiple sessions for almost 10 hours.
The meeting with owners and players was an idea proposed by Bettman last week after an attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation failed.
Representing the NHL owners were 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).
The players were represented by Craig Adams, David Backes, Michael Cammalleri, Sidney Crosby, B.J. Crombeen, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Ron Hainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Jamal Mayers, Manny Malhotra, Andy McDonald, Ryan Miller, George Parros, Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis, Jonathan Toews and Kevin Westgarth.
The location of Wednesday’s meeting has yet to be determined.