While Americans throughout the country make their way to the polls and vote, the NHL and NHLPA are set to resume collective bargaining talks in New York City. The location has been kept secret, perhaps to discourage media scrums from forming outside, though NHLPA executive director Don Fehr will address the media before talks begin.
Talks are scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern.
Players from many different teams have traveled to New York City to participate in these talks:
- Craig Adams
- David Backes
- Martin Biron
- Chris Campoli
- Sidney Crosby
- Mathieu Darche
- Ron Hainsey
- Johan Hedberg
- Milan Lucic
- Manny Malhotra
- Steve Montador
- Shawn Thornton
- Kevin Westgarth
Adams and Crosby made a last-minute decision to attend, but then again Pittsburgh isn’t super far from New York City, so they can still make it in time. Crosby’s only plan for Election Day was to go to the Madonna concert at Consol Energy Center tonight in a private suite along with some of his teammates, but maybe he can still squeeze in seeing Madge if he gets back to Pittsburgh later in the day.
Of this group, at least two players–Adams and Westgarth–are their teams’ official NHLPA representatives. (Adams also boasts a Harvard education that may come in handy.) The attendees run the gamut from big stars to enforcers, goaltenders to goal-scorers, young bucks to older vets. It’s a good cross-section of players.
The last group negotiation like this was held on Oct. 18. Since then, games during the entire month of November have been canceled and the league pulled the plug on the Winter Classic, moving it to New Year’s Day 2014 in the same location. Also since then, Steve Fehr and Bill Daly met on and off for marathon one-on-one meetings last Saturday, again in an undisclosed location, but these reportedly went well.
Stay tuned for more updates later before and after the meeting.