Bruins' Jacobs in attendance for CBA talks in New York City

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Bruins' Jacobs in attendance for CBA talks in New York City

There arent exactly high hopes heading into Monday nights meeting between the NHL and NHLPA after things fell apart little more than a week ago, but at least theyre still talking to each other. Thats more than one could have hoped for when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman proposed a two-week moratorium to CBA negotiations last week.

There will be some interesting new faces jumping into the process, however. Bruins Principal Owner Jeremy Jacobs will be in New York City at the NHL offices along with Calgary Flames owner Murray Edwards and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, and that hasnt been a good sign in the past.

The two sides are expected to talk about revenue sharing, the make whole provision, player contract rights and all of the other core issues prolonging the lockout, and the length of the meeting could be instructional. A brief meeting with no further meetings scheduled would mean more cancellations coming before or after the Thanksgiving holiday while a long session would hopefully mean that the exploratory conversations have hit some black gold.

According to sources with knowledge of the negotiations, Jacobs has continued to be the biggest hard line hawk among the NHL Board of Governors pushing for an overwhelming league victory while working closely with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Interestingly enough Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke will be a new face at the CBA negotiations as the discussion moves toward player contract rights.

There will be 18 players representing the NHLPA, but there isnt a single Bruins player represented among them according to the players union. Craig Adams, David Backes, Eric Brewer, Ryan Callahan, Dan Cleary, Mathieu Darche, Marian Gaborik, Josh Gorges, Ron Hainsey, Jeff Halpern, Shawn Horcoff, Vincent Lecavalier, Andy McDonald, Brooks Orpik, Brad Richards, Marc Staal, Martin St. Louis and Dan Winnik are representing the players.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

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Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.