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Fehr deems CBA meetings “business-like and appropriate”

Jul 10, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

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The NHL and NHLPA held their fourth session of CBA talks on Tuesday, discussing various matters for about three hours. Naturally, exact details aren’t available, but NHLPA head Donald Fehr and player representative Manny Malhotra provided positive feedback.

“We had a meeting for the better part of three hours. A lot of different issues were discussed,” Fehr said. “The meeting was business-like and appropriate and we’ve got another one scheduled for Friday.”

“We discussed a number of issues today and talks were very productive,” Malhotra said. “Again, we’re not going to get into too many specifics, but the lines of communication are open.”

The NHL is saying all the right things, too. Gary Bettman called the discussions “positive, constructive and cordial” as well.

At some point, those sound bytes will begin to dissolve while a sense of nervousness sets in, but so far it’s reasonable for everyone to be upbeat. The next meetings are supposed to take place on Friday.

  1. loinstache - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    More like Nanny Malhotra #canucksblow2013

    • velocirapist - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Can’t wait for my Oilers to crush them for the next 15 years straight :)))

  2. blomfeld - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM


    I personally have every confidence in Gary Bettman’s ability to ink a new CBA together with Donald Fehr in a “timely and positive” manner. The NHL today is making more money than ever and that’s in no small part owing to the extraordinary efforts of Gary. Yes, he’s now paying a price for perhaps too many sunbelt teams, etc ? … but what was he to do back then when the Canadian dollar was at $0.60 vs the greenback ? And then there’s the issue of diminishing attendances ? … again, the NHL is doing pretty “darn” good when compared to the “free-falling” attendances of other professional sports including the NBA, MLB, Nascar, WNBA, LPGA , MLS (ie: the only other sport bucking the trend right now is football). So “hats off to Gary” I say and best wishes, as he perseveres in his struggle to continue “that” which we all know and love … NHL hockey ! :)

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  3. vindicatus - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    Actually, you’re 100% wrong about the NFL “bucking the trend” of falling attendance. I refer you to this article that was posted on PFT just a few days ago: You’re wrong about Buttman too. He’s a troll, and he sucks!

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