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12-11-2012, 04:22 PM
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Among those working behind the scenes to try to get things back on track has been New York Rangers owner James Dolan and Pittsburgh Penguins owner Ron Burkle, sources said.
Sounds like moderates and liberals if this the case.

While there technically is not supposed to be direct communication between players and owners, itís hard to believe that hasnít been happening. With the season on the line and moderates on both sides refusing to give up and see the industry suffer an unmitigated disaster if thereís no season for the second time in eight years, thereís all kinds of dialogue going on to pressure both Gary Bettman and Don Fehr into taking another stab at this.

That both sides have yet to name the location, and perhaps they wonít, is annoying for the media, but sources indicate itís reflective of the league's belief that last weekís drama-filled events in New York -- with play-by-play by the media on site -- didnít help the process.
I'm not sure why it really hurt a process if the sides were rather sequestered.

LeBrun adds this tidbit at the end:
"One thing that is really interesting is how the NHL has sought to exclude Fehr from the negotiation process -- that amounts to trying to dramatically change the conditions of negotiations. However, Fehr is here to stay. Heís also old school labor law, and as a result, I suspect doesnít take kindly to attempts to undermine the union as bargaining agent for the players," Macramalla told in an email Tuesday afternoon.

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