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NHLPA counters NHL’s statement with statement

Jun 29, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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Not to be outdone by the NHL, the NHLPA released its own statement following the initial collective bargaining session today in New York.

“Eight players on the negotiating committee, along with NHLPA staff, met with commissioner Gary Bettman, four NHL owners and a number of league staff and legal counsel at the league’s office in New York,” said union chief Donald Fehr. “Following today’s meeting, we will review the NHL’s initial presentation with the players’ committee before reconvening for further talks later next week.”

Hmmm…interesting that the union didn’t say the meeting was “cordial” like the league did.

Message: sent.

(Yep, we’re posting this sort of stuff now. Get used it. Gonna be a long summer.)


  1. zaksyuk - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    So it begins!

  2. afc22 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Donald Fehr is going to ruin this league for the fans

  3. ron05342 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    “Both sides agree that they met today in New York.”

    As a frequent critic to the writing on this site, I will give props when props are due, and that is one of the best lines I have seen. 😀

    Hopefully, they get more done then just meet in the coming weeks. Start on time, guys!

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Hey! What did I just say? Either announce the deal or shut the f*** up!

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      This could have better drama than any “reality” show on tv.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        Listenening to some guys in suits telling us in lawyer-speak that no progress is being made for an entire summer doesn’t sound too entertaining, though I have to admit it’s probably as good as anything you can find on TV now.

        As for my first comment, it might sound like it’s directed at Jason. Not so:

  5. proudliberal85392 - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Just once, I’d like somebody to say “the meeting resembled a waterfront bar fight.”

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