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Fehr says NHLPA proposal could be ready soon

Jul 24, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

Donald Fehr AP

Word leaked that the NHL owners threw down the gauntlet during CBA talks, but for things to really kick off, the NHLPA has to present its counter-proposal.

NHLPA head Donald Fehr told Chris Johnston that the NHLPA is close to putting together their retort. In fact, it might just be a matter of a week or two.

“It could be two, it could be less,” Fehr said. “In addition to looking hard at what they’ve given us and doing our own work, we’re going to have to look at that additional information before we get to the stage of making a proposal of our own, making a counter-proposal or doing something else.”

Meanwhile, the two sides are engaged in a fifth week of meetings. Johnston reports that Brendan Shanahan was on hand on Tuesday to discuss how player discipline has and will be handled.

Gary Bettman seemed optimistic – if vague – about getting a deal done promptly.

“We think that if everybody works hard, we can get the job done in the appropriate time frame,” Bettman said.

  1. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Awesome! Donald Fehr let it be known I hold you responsible for the joke that Baseball allowed Manny Ramirez to become.

    Making fair market value is one thing. Perpetuating a culture where players think it’s ok to become circus sideshow acts because they rationalize it’s all about “me getting mine”….is ridiculous.

  2. meynbass - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    It’s good to see player safety coming up early in the negotiations

  3. tmoore4075 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    This should be interesting. I wanna see what they offer and that might give us an idea of where things are headed.

    I do have to say they seem to be meeting a lot more than 8 years ago and seem to be having more constructive conversations then back then. I remember a lot of meetings ending with both sides saying it ended badly.

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