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NHL owners, players to meet Tuesday

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly takes questions outside

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly takes questions outside U.S. District Court after a hearing in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of the Phoenix Coyotes. Credit: AP, 2009

Here's the official statement from Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:

"We have confirmed with the Union that we will attempt to schedule a Players/Owners-only meeting for some time on Tuesday afternoon in New York," Daly said. "No further details have been confirmed at this point.

"We expect the following NHL Owners to attend: 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). We will make further details available when available and as appropriate."

The NHLPA has not yet announced the players attending.

"There will be owners attending this meeting who have not previously done so, which is encouraging and which we welcome.  We hope that this meeting will be constructive and lead to a dialogue that will help us find a way to reach an agreement,” PA boss Don Fehr said in a statement.

So no Bettman, no Don Fehr, but TSN reporting that Daly and Steve Fehr, the PA special counsel, will likely attend as well

As I've written, the new faces and new voices may spark some movement in the talks; happened in the NBA labor war.  Then again, maybe not. But worth a try. Listen, no miracle deal is coming out of this, but maybe some light in the dark.

Remember, Board of Governors meets Wednesday,

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