New players join NHL lockout talks on Broadway

Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Methot says the NHL and NHLPA aren't far apart in negotiations....

Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Methot says the NHL and NHLPA aren't far apart in negotiations. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:43 PM ET

There will be a new look at the table for the NHL and NHL Players' Association in New York.

Many are expecting the same old bad act on Broadway.

After attempts to work with a federal mediator fell apart last week, the NHL and NHLPA will try a new approach with six owners and six players across the table from each other -- without Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr in the room.

While the NHL commissioner and the executive director of the NHLPA have to be present if a deal is struck, they've agreed to bow out of the talks to see if progress can be made on a collective bargaining agreement.


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