August 27, 2012
Bettman, Fehr set to continue negotiations
By QMI Agency
Negotiations on a new NHL collective bargaining agreement will resume Tuesday in New York with a whole lot less players at the table.
And by players, we mean members of the NHL and NHLPA bargaining teams.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly, will sit across the table from NHLPA boss Donald Fehr and his right-hand man, Steve Fehr, during talks. No lawyers, no hangers-on, no players. Only the voices that matter will be heard.
The four-man meeting is a reunion of sorts -- the small group held a session last week in Toronto and agreed to do it again in the Big Apple.
"Both sides agree that this, at this point in time, might be a productive way for us to try and get some traction," Bettman said last week.
Little progress has been made on a new CBA -- the current agreement expires Sept. 15 -- even though the two sides have been meeting regularly since late June. So it's time for a new approach.
"When you get into discussions like this sometimes things can become more or less cumbersome depending on the nature of the group and what you're talking about," Donald Fehr said. "And, you find a way to satisfy everybody's comfort level and go on. If you try it one way and that doesn't really work you go try it another way."