Source: NHLPA execs OK stipend

Updated: December 2, 2012, 5:49 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- 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.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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