from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
1. Ready for some labour? Next Wednesday is a huge day with the NHL board of governors meeting in New York City. Will commissioner Gary Bettman reserve the most important part of the get-together for the highest levels only? Each team has one governor and at least two alternates with one exception -- the Phoenix Coyotes, who only have the latter. In at least one meeting during the last lockout, there was a point where Bettman told all the alternates to leave, so only the true decision-maker for each franchise would be in there with him.
2. According to the NHL's Official Guide and Record Book, 25 of the 29 governors are owners. The exceptions are Josh Kroenke of the Colorado Avalanche (he is the owner's son), Tim Leiweke of the Los Angeles Kings, Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils and David Morehouse of the Pittsburgh Penguins. That could be the core group for the biggest decision of the commissioner's career.