September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr (right) flanked by Vancouver Canucks player Manny Malhotra (to his left) and Winnipeg Jets player Ron Hainsey (to his right) during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

NHLPA to give $10,000 stipend to players

The NHLPA executive board has authorized to provide a $10,000 stipend to all players, a source confirmed.

The players already have missed four paychecks as a result of the league-imposed lockout.

The NHLPA’s next decision will be to respond to the NHL on whether to accept commissioner Gary Bettman’s invitation to hold a players/owners-only meeting, with no league or NHLPA staff present. The idea was presented as an alternative option after mediation broke down between the two sides Thursday.

ESPN New York reports the stipend to give players some revenue after missing four paychecks. What I think it does is give more maneuverability to players. If you show the owners…We will eat and pay mortgage…They can’t starve them into a deal. If the NHLPA shows they can sustain a missed season the Owner’s should crack or commit business suicide.


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