3 Reasons James Dolan Needs to Be Part of the NHL Negotiations

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3 Reasons James Dolan Needs to Be Part of the NHL Negotiations
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As the lockout continues during the holidays, many fans and players are starting to come closer to the realization that there may be no hockey for the 2012-13 season.

One player who has recently spoken out is Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who sounded off via Twitter.  According to Lundqvist, he wants to see the big market owners involved in the players-owners only negotiation session.

"If the plan is to have meetings between players and owners to solve this mess, maybe it’s time to allow teams that actually are carrying the league fina(n)cially to get involved,” wrote Lundqvist.

One owner who is carrying the league financially is the man who signs his checks, James Dolan.

Dolan, who owns the New York Knicks and Rangers, has been portrayed as a loose cannon, not only with his personality but his money as well. He is also not the biggest fan of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and vice versa.

However, I firmly believe if James Dolan was involved in the negotiations the season would have started as scheduled in October, rather than going into the third lockout since 1994.

Bettman should put his personal vendetta aside and listen to Lundqvist.

Here are three reasons why James Dolan needs to be part of the NHL negotiations.

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