Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Rangers owner James Dolan is willing to participate in the players/owners only meeting that was suggested by Gary Bettman.
Brooks adds that it is unknown if Dolan has officially volunteered his services and if he did whether Bettman would allow him to participate.
Dolan played a substantial role in brokering an agreement that helped end last year's NBA lockout.
...Bettman would look real foolish if he denied one of the most powerful owners in the NHL access to this meeting. It would also be confirmation that Bettman has absolutely no interest in ending the lockout anytime soon.
...having said that, I really don't think it'll lead to an end of the lockout either way. The players don't want to negotiate during the meeting, while, even if Dolan made some headway, Bettman and the hawkish owners will be back presiding over negotiations before we know it which would put an end to any progress.
@TheNYRBlog eklund @ http://t.co/rSm6y8v2 claiming to know the 6 owners who will be at Tuesdays mtg, JD not on the list...
@TheNYRBlog Dolan should be allowed to be present, I don't see how asshole Bettman can deny him. Should be interesting
@TheNYRBlog If GB says no to JD, wouldn't surprise me if JD reminded him 1mill isn't a lot of $ and he would disregard gag order as a threat
Actually I want Dolan in these meetings mainly because like Dolan or not; he owns one of the top revenue producing teams the NHL has. Dolan is not afraid to spend money in order to make money. I can see him as able to find a common ground that both sides can live with. And don't doubt for a second that Dolan would love a chance to stick it to Bettman.
Dolan is anti-lockout because of the elite status of the team. He also understands the he is losing more money from the lockout than most other owners.
Have no idea if Dolan is pro lockout or anti lockout. I would think he is anti lockout due to the recent elite status of the team and getting the benefit of MSG renovations. Do you have facts to the contrary?