Brooks says that when the Board of Governors meet on 12/5, it will be up to the big market owners to take a stand and push Gary Bettman and the hardline owners towards making a deal and starting the season.
He thinks that the owners of teams like the Rangers, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Canucks, Flyers, Penguins, Red Wings and Blackhawks could and should make a stand in the board room to make a deal.
In the Montreal Gazette, Pat Hickey writes that with the big owners not being represented, the league’s negotiating committee features “A collection of losers who need a new deal because, during a period of unprecedented growth in the NHL, they can’t figure out a way to run a business. “
Hickey notes that of all the owners on the negotiating committee, only Jeremy Jacobs of the Bruins makes money.