Muckler, Mlakar put it in overdrive

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

TORONTO -- Senators president Roy Mlakar and GM John Muckler had to weather the storm and take the long road to today's NHL board of governors meeting in New York.

With their 2 p.m. flight from Ottawa cancelled yesterday because of a snowstorm in New York, Mlakar and Muckler jumped in a car yesterday with team official Alex Lepore for the eight-hour-plus drive to the Big Apple.

"We're driving," Mlakar said from the road yesterday. "We had no other options if we wanted to get to New York (on time), and it's important for us to be at this meeting."

Mlakar and Muckler will join Senators owner Eugene Melnyk for today's session with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that gets under way at 12:30 p.m at a Manhattan hotel.

What's on the agenda isn't known, but it's safe to say the tumultuous events of the last six months will be covered.

It's believed Bettman will discuss what options the league has with the season officially cancelled. He'll likely be pushed by some governors to get back to the bargaining table to make sure the 2005-06 campaign starts on time.

But the league is also expected to discuss the possibility of declaring an impasse and using replacement players next October if there's no new collective bargaining agreement in place with the NHL Players' Association.

"I can't talk about what's on the agenda because I don't know. Where do we go from here? I guess that's what we're going to find out," said Mlakar.


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