Penguins' Ron Burkle to take part in NHL, Players' Association negotiating session

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Ron Burkle of the Penguins is one of six owners who will take part in a negotiating session Tuesday between the NHL and a half-dozen members of its Players' Association in New York.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr won't participate in the session, but the No. 2 man from each side -- deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr -- is expected to sit in on the talks.

The players who will be involved have not been identified. Ownership's other representatives will be Jeremy Jacobs (Boston), Jeffrey Vinik (Tampa Bay), Larry Tannenbaum (Toronto), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg) and Murray Edwards (Calgary).

"There will be owners attending this meeting who have not previously done so, which is encouraging and which we welcome," Donald Fehr said in a statement. "We hope that this meeting will be constructive and lead to a dialogue that will help us find a way to reach an agreement."

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