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Bissonnette praises Fehr: “He’s not going all hardcore lawyer on us”

Aug 26, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

Donald Fehr; NHLPA AP

Plenty of players have said that they’re fully behind Donald Fehr, standing beside him at meetings. But are they really soaking it all in or are their eyes glazing over?

Sean Fitz-Gerald gathers some amusing quotes from players that praise Fehr’s ability to translate dense information to the NHLPA.

Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette provided some of the most interesting bits.

“As smart as Don is, he does a good job of explaining it in a not-so-smart-kind of way,” Bissonnette said. “He uses simple words, and he’s not going all hardcore lawyer on us.”

“He gave us a lot of information. He’s on the ball. He’s pretty witty. He’s funny. So he keeps us engaged.”

Maxime Talbot explains that Fehr is readying them to stand their ground.

“Don is such a good leader, and has got such a good grasp on things that we listen,” Talbot said. “And when he says we don’t fear a lockout, it’s because we know it’s a process. We’re ready to be patient.”

  1. sjsharks66 - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Good to know you all are patient talbot. The fans however, are not.

  2. cameltoews - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Yeah, I don’t like how both sides don’t care about a lockout. They are both sh!ting on us fans. Our opinion doesn’t seem to matter to them at all.

    • stakex - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Oh they care. Don’t forget… the players don’t get paid if there is a lockout, and the owners also lose money. Considering this is all about money to begin with, I’m sure they are concerned about that.

      The problem is however that both sides want to act tough and act like they are going all the way with this if they don’t get their way. If one side makes it clear they don’t want a lockout, their position would be much weaker.

      Of course the real question is, are they bluffing? Thats the big question.

  3. ricepilof - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    f’ing millionaires vs billionaires. Be patient yeah. None of us fans give a shiz. we’ll just sit all pretty and wait out the lockout and come crawling back in droves once its over. Whenever the hell that will be right nhlpa? I’m seriously considering locking out my interest in the NHL if the sport goes on another lockout when one just happened just 8 years ago. and I will talk so much shiz about the sport to anyone who will listen.

  4. sjsharks66 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I understand why they’re saying this. Each side says they are not afraid, so the other will cave in. They’re both just so stubborn. The fans are not in their interest, money is.

    It is understandable to care about the money, to some extent. However both sides have enough money to support their families with no sweat.

  5. charleslouis99 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    well I’m glad this is a fun process for the parties involved

  6. paledevil - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    i believe a lockout is preordained.. I believe Fehr knows this but is positioning for the true negoiations.While not the entire picture i want to adress the slow progress. I believe both sides feel nothing will be gained by name calling knowing the season will not start on time..My reasoning comes from many variables but i will bring up one angle no one else mentioned Games in Presason and 2-9 are slow sellers… Most scabs ticket sellers break even or loose money i would think that same trend applies to the clubs also…
    Heres a provable idea, remove those early games from the equation than rerun the attendence figures. I wager the numbers greatly improve..

  7. bcsteele - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I know that what I’m about to propose could realistically never happen, however, it’s the way it should be if these guys want to make a “fair” deal.

    How about the creation of a NHL-FA. Which of course would stand for Fan Association. That way we can have our own board that puts in the aggreement that I’m not willing to pay any more than $20 for decent seats from now on. Or a cap on concession prices. Or this list could go on and on. Wonder what kind of roll backs that would cause?

    I’m glad to hear Bettman thinks we’re the greatest fans…and we are…we must be…because we are probably the only fans that just constantly put up with this kind of crap and then pay even higher ticket prices…and then Bettman makes 7 million a year to my middle class income.

    Sorry if my post is a little out there because it’s more of a vent, but to get to the point I really wish the owners would realize that it’s the fans that pay for the sport…not them that makes it happen…

    • unknowneric - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      There actually is an NHLFA, but I doubt highly that anybody in the sport listens to us. I’ve been a member since before the last lockout.

      • bcsteele - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM

        I thought you were kidding for a moment…I’m gonna join. Thanks friend!

  8. proudliberal85392 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Where can I find the NHLFA?

  9. taytay099 - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Really doesn’t seem right that we’re on the verge of a third NHL lockout in my short lifetime.

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