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12-01-2012, 04:51 PM
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Source says Rangers owner Jim Dolan willing to enter talks with players.

Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan is willing to join talks with NHL players in an effort to end the lockout that threatens the 2012-13 season in its entirety, a source close to the Rangers’ governor told The Post yesterday.

We are told Dolan, who was a primary figure on the NBA owners’ negotiating committee last year, signaled his desire to become involved in the NHL stalemate upon Gary Bettman’s suggestion it might prove beneficial for owners to converse directly with the players without the presence of league or union staff.

Katie Strang ESPN article

Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recently vented through his official Twitter account, writing: "If the plan is to have meetings between players and owners to solve this mess, maybe it's time to allow teams that actually are carrying the league financially to get involved. So far I haven't seen any invitations to the meeting room..."

If the NHLPA does agree to the meeting, it would likely make sense to take place on Tuesday in advance of Wednesday's Board of Governors meeting in New York.

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