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Fehr still hopeful a lockout can be avoided

Aug 17, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

NHLPA chief Donald Fehr is holding a conference call shortly to provide an update on CBA talks.

In the meantime, here are a few tweets from reporters covering the union meetings in Chicago.

We’ll post a rundown of the conference call ASAP.

Try to contain your excitement.

  1. jimw81 - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    i guess i might have to dust off my old flyers dvds and tapes but i dont blame the nhlpa feeling this way.This is all about owners thinking they can pull same stunt as last time and avoiding any responsibility. New Jersey Devils is a prime example. But in the end i think big market owners will step in the last minute and make a backdoor deal w/Players. I’m saying this because NHLPA offer is directed towards them and the people negotiating the contract on behalf of the owners are SMALL MARKET TEAMS. Does anyone think a big market team wants to go through this again? They have too many people to answer too…

  2. tfaltin - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I don’t want to see this happen, but if the players want to raise the stakes and send a message to the owners checkbooks, international players should investigate contracts in their home countries. The Sedins, Lundqvist, and Zetterberg back to Sweden, Ovechkin, Datsyuk and other Russians to the KHL, Mikko Koivu and the Fins back to the Finnish Elite League. If the most marketable players in the NHL suddenly showed they had other options and didn’t need the NHL as much as the owners thought they did, maybe CBA negotiations would move along a little quicker. Lets see how much the arenas fill when the owners are blamed by the fans for locking out their players and forcing the biggest stars to other leagues.

  3. bbk1000 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Once Fehr got involved you could feel lockout coming….hopefully the feeling is wrong.

    • bbk1000 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Imagine if folks on this board understood the baseball history with Fehr?

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