With the NHL lockout now in its 79th day, the league and union are taking a different approach in an attempt end the near three-month stalemate.
A select group of owners are players are set to meet Tuesday in New York, sans NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.
Of course, this new approach drew varying opinions from CBCSports.ca users.
Here's a sample:
Wild Otter: "This would seem to be a strategy aimed at breaking the back of the union. I'm amazed that anyone would agree to such a meeting. Negotiation should only be done with the union as the voice of all the players. Such a meeting would, in some jurisdictions at least, constitute an unfair labour practice--perhaps for both sides."
d_b_s: "The last owner's that should be allowed in the room are Murray Edwards (Calgary Flames) and Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins). These 2 are a big reason why the league and NHLPA aren't even speaking the same language (especially Jeremy Jacobs)."
What do you think? Will having Bettman and Fehr out of the room get the two sides closer to a deal?
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