Fehr insists a deal was close
Donald Fehr continues to insist a deal was close with the NHL to end the three-month lockout and kick-start the season before talks broke off.
The NHL Players' Association executive director stuck by his previous remarks that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league told the union it was rejecting the players' proposal and pulling its own offer.
Of course, his comments run completely contrary to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who had his angry outburst on Thursday when he said the owners and players were not close to a deal.
Fehr also says he hasn't spoken directly with Bettman or deputy commissioner Bill Daly since talks fell apart and no new talks are scheduled.
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