Leafs having an influence in lockout talks?

- December 5th, 2012

NEW YORK – Who knows for sure what has been going on behind closed doors at the players-owners meetings here, but Toronto Maple Leafs co-owner Larry Tanenbaum is apparently a voice that’s being heard.
One of six owners on the panel that has been meeting with 18 players – for eight hours on Tuesday and a renewed session on Wednesday – said the talks are headed in the right direction.
And best of all, Tanenbaum senses a resolve for the two sides to continue the dialogue until they can hammer out a deal.
That more than anything else we’ve heard throughout the 12 weeks of the lockout is cause for optimism.
There have been suggestions that Tanenbaum was quite vocal on Tuesday night and that his opinions were generally respected by the players.
A couple of us caught up with Tanenbaum following Wednesday morning’s Board of Governors’ meeting and he made it clear he liked the tone of what went on the previous night.
“We’re going to continue to talk until we get a deal,” Tanenbaum said, while acknowledging a positive vibe surrounding the talks.
There are no Leafs players among the 18 NHLers at the table.

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