TPN Tidbits: Glass Heads to Slovakia, Burkle To Represent Pens in Lockout Negotiations

Although there have been numerous days of negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA, the Pittsburgh Penguins have never been represented at the meetings on the owners side. Sidney Crosby and Craig Adams both have attended multiple meetings for the players side. That is all about to change. Ron Burkle, a co-owner of the Penguins, will attend the meeting between several owners and players on Tuesday afternoon. Gary Bettman and Don Fehr will not be a part of this meeting. The other owners who are expected to participate are Jeremy Jacobs, Mark Chipman, Jeff Vinik, Murray Edwards, and Larry Tanenbaum. Burkle, who played a major part in getting a deal done for the construction of the CONSOL Energy Center, has always been praised for his negotiating skills. He certainly cannot hurt these negotiations. The two parties agreed to bring in federal mediators for the last two meetings and it was unsuccessful.

As a result of the NHL lockout, another Penguins player has headed overseas to join another team in another league. Tanner Glass, who signed a two-year, $2.2 million contract this past offseason with Pittsburgh, reportedly signed a  contract with HC Banska Bystrica of the Slovakia Extraliga. The tough forward was signed by Ray Shero to help replace the loss of Arron Asham, who signed with the New York Rangers in the offseason. Glass joins Evgeni Malkin, Dustin Jeffrey, and Deryk Engelland as the Penguins who have headed overseas to play hockey during the lockout.