Fehr insists a deal was close

Posted By: Barry Morgan · 12/9/2012 7:40:00 AM

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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  1. Joe posted on 12/09/2012 08:11 AM
    This is free advice, it doesnt cost anything . LOSE THE NHLPA. How many of you can really complain about your salaries or whatever else you can think of? Take every players salary, factor in the % that the NHLPA gets and see if you arent better off WITHOUT them. I think on your own without the NHLP you would now be playing hockey. Thank you for listening now get rid of them and lets play some hockey!!!!
  2. gordp posted on 12/09/2012 08:37 AM
    Who cares. CBC give us KHL Hockey
  3. paul eh posted on 12/09/2012 08:52 AM
    Nobody other than sport broadcasters cares anymore.
    1. louise posted on 12/09/2012 02:57 PM
      @paul eh Unfortunately you couldn;t be more wrong. There are a lot of unemployed ushers, concession stand workers , waitresses/waiters and small businesses who are dependent on hockey for their livelihood . THere are many small businesses near the Bell CenterCenter , shopping malls and arenas all ove North America who are hurting due to the lack of hockey. I couldn;t care less if hockey was out indefinitely. Unfrotunately there are many low salaried people who are hurting . These are the losers. Nor the fans or the millionaire players or billionaire owners
  4. richard posted on 12/13/2012 08:35 AM
    Unions...they are nothing but a union...over the years our unions have sent jobs to China etc, as we could not produce the product cheap enough due to high labor costs, then the union people purchasse these cheap items only to complain they lost their jobs, so now we watch other leaques...i am a huge hockey fan and miss the game. why not put a camera feed into the negotiating and let us, "the people" that ultimatly pay the salariers etc view the negotiations. im sure this would be settled quick. we as people can only secure our future by saving what we earn, spend on what you need.
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