10:15AM: Helene Elliotte tweets “Bettman and Don Fehr to rejoin talks. Can they move things forward or will egos get in the way?”
10:14AM: Damien Cox tweets “Fehr and Bettman were always going to have to come in again at some point. We’ll now find out who’s a dealmaker and who isn’t.”
10:01AM: Darren Dreger says that the owner/player format has been “terminated” and now the room is open for anyone.
9:28AM: Shannon writes that the NHLPA is insisting on Fehr returning to the table. If that happens Gary Bettman will return as well.
9:19AM: Nick Cotsonika tweets “If Bettman and Fehr return, does that help close the deal or kill it? Deal is in sight. But moderates must have power to get it done.”
She says that the NHLPA is worried that the owners are using these meetings as a way to separate the players from their leader and may push to have no restrictions on who can attend. That would allow both Fehr and Bettman to return to the negotiating table.
She adds that the sessions yesterday were described as bizarre and said that they are closer in some areas but further apart in others.
Talks set up well for Bettman/Fehr return, NHL to still get big concessions, players to still make big $ and play to begin Dec. 26.—
Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) December 06, 2012