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NHL, NHLPA Hope To "Move Forward" With Negotiations Over The Weekend
Published August 31, 2012
WATCH YOUR TONE: SI.com's Allan Muir wrote the "most telling element won't necessarily be what [NHLPA Exec Dir] Donald Fehr and the players say, but how they say it." The tone of the talks "has been business-like and respectful." Muir: "Until Wednesday, anyway, when one could sense a little surliness slipping into the dialogue as the calendar grinds closer to Sept. 15." Fehr has "masked whatever frustration he's feeling with a well-practiced, professorial charm." But he "has to be tiring" of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's approach, particularly his "notions that a new formula for determining (i.e. shrinking) Hockey Related Revenue is critical and that escrow is a much more friendly method of dealing with salary overages than rollbacks." It is "tough to deal with someone when you're not speaking the same language" (SI.com, 8/30).
UNDER CONSIDERATION: CAA Hockey co-Head Pat Brisson said that if there is a lockout, Penguins C Sidney Crosby is "willing to consider playing in Europe." Brisson: "Sidney wants to play hockey. Of course he would consider alternatives (to the NHL)." Brisson said that he "has had 'many conversations with lots of European clubs' about players represented by his agency" (POST-GAZETTE.com, 8/31). Brisson added that Blackhawks Cs Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane also would consider playing in Europe "under the right circumstances and appropriate time" (SUNTIMES.com, 8/30).