NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL labor talks are set to resume Tuesday with six owners and players scheduled to meet without a couple of the key figures from each side.
With negotiations to resolve the lockout at a standstill, the league and union finalized the details for the unusual bargaining session over the weekend. The meeting will include the small group of owners and players, staff members and counsel on each side, but Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will not be present.
The union will announce its representatives on Tuesday.Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller will be in New York and hopes to be among the players in attendance. Two On Your Side's Adam Benigni reached Miller by text Monday afternoon. Miller texted to Adam "in this negotation there isn't anything I can think of that they don't want to reduce. I don't think Gary being out of the room is pivotal but it is positive to see new people involved. Fresh perspective is long overdue. I know that no mater what I say to the fans this all seems really stupid and I agree. But from where we are as players we have to make some kind of stand or it will just be a long bitter cycle of lockouts every time a CBA expires and the sport will not ever reach the potential I believe it has. That is the reality of modern sports."
The NHL announced Sunday that Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg Jets), Murray Edwards (Calgary Flames), Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins), Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning) will take part in the talks for the league.