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|Rangers Owner James Dolan would like to sit in on labor talks|
With labor negotiations going nowhere and mediation failing, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman offered the players a chance to meet with the owners without any league or union officials present.
I have to say it is a creative idea but I'm not too sure the players will go for it. While some may see it as a chance to end the lockout I can't see too many players being comfortable sitting at the bargaining table. On Saturday David Perron of the St. Louis Blues tweeted "Isn't sending players to negociate w. owners without Fehr like us saying to owners let's negotiate this on the ice?". You can't help but think there are plenty of other players worried that they would not get the deal they're hoping for without their union leader Donald Fehr at the table.
Someone who ould like to be at the table with the players, however is Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan. Larry Brooks of the NY Post reported that Dolan. It's not yet determined yet if Dolan has expressed his interest to Bettman and it's hard to tell whether or not Bettman will give the MSG owner the green light.
On one hand Dolan urged that Bettman be relieved of his duties in 2007 in conjunction with filing suit against the league in a conflict regarding website, digital rights, licensing and team merchandise control. On the other however, Dolan played a huge role on the NBA owners side last year in helping their lockout come to an end on time for a 66 game season which started on Christmas day.
As the owner of the New York Rangers and CEO of MSG he is losing money with every passing day and with his experience at the NBA bargaining table he's been through this before. Considering these two points, shouldn't Dolan be allowed to sit in and see if he can help bring this lockout to an end?
Habs And Hockey News
- Alex Galchenyuk just continues to roll as he put up seven points in two night over the weekend. In a 7-4 win Saturday night over the Saginaw Spirit the Sarnia captain tallied a goal and two assists. The next night, Gally added an assist to a three goal performance in a 5-2 win over the Peterbrough Petes putting him third overall in OHL scoring.
- Cedrick Desjardins earned his first shutout of the year in Hamilton in his fourth start as the Bulldogs blanked the Abbotsford Heat 3-0 in only their third win out of their last ten contests.
- Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) continues his coverage of Habs players during the lockout in week 10 of his Overseas Habs and Prospects report.
- Only 24 days are left until the World Junior Championships, and with the NHL locked out Team Canada will be stacked with talent.
- If Commissioner Jeremy Roenick ran the NHL rather than Commissioner Bettman, the league would have fewer teams as soon as the lockout ended.
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