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Steve Fehr counters Bill Daly’s latest comments

Oct 8, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

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Much of this weekend’s optimism evaporated on Monday as Bill Daly explained that all-important economic issues probably won’t be discussed this week. Now Steve Fehr is responding to those comments.

The NHLPA exec had some more critical words for the owners’ side, according to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times.

“For more than a month, the owners have not wanted to meet to discuss the core economic issues unless it is on their terms – that is, unless the players have yet another offer that includes significant concessions for them,” Fehr said. “By contrast, we place no conditions on our willingness to meet.”

Barring a late-night response, that likely concludes today’s round of lockout spin-doctoring.

The next set of meetings are expected to happen right around Wednesday or Thursday (the day that was supposed to represent the season opener).

We’ll have to wait and see if the two sides make some concessions this week or if they’ll simply dig in for another round of PR Ping-Pong.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Ugh

  2. turtlematt18 - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Enough with the BS already. Both sides are acting like children already. Just sit down and hash it all out. Its like they can’t be bothered.
    If they cared about the game, fans,and the economic aspects they could have banged this out ages ago. This is pathetic.
    Why doesn’t the federal government get involved. They get involved in everything else. ( Baseball players on steroids )

  3. Doesnotmatter - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Not both sides. The players are willing to talk about the most important thing, the money, while Bettman and the Board of Governors aren’t. These aren’t really negotiations anymore. The owners already locked out the players. Its give us what we want or you’re not playing NHL hockey this season. I’m on the players’ side. The owners can go and f*** themselves.

    • phillyphanatic76 - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Spot on. The players have already offered concessions but the owners want to completely flip the percentages so they’re above 50%. Bettman got almost everything he wanted in the last lockout (and it cost us a whole season) and now he wants to take back the rest. It wasn’t the players circumventing the cba to hand out absurd contracts but the owners want us to think their hands were forced. They want to have their cake and eat it too.

  4. icrew29 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    This is a marriage headed for divorce.

  5. bcjim - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Stupid question:

    Are Steve and Don related?

    • jernster21 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      You’re brothers? No…………..YES!!

  6. Playing the Ponzi - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I think we can write off 2012-2013. The players have alternate income and the owners are playing hardball. Both are willing to lose the entire season.

    So that puts 2013-2014 on the table. What are they chances we have hockey NEXT year?? I think there’s a 60% chance we’ll have an NHL season next year.

    • jernster21 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      I’m of the same opinion. If we lose this year I think that should be the least of anyone’s concerns. The owners already took one season away from the players and I feel like the players feel like if they lose another season and possibly more that they think they’re getting back at the owners for the last time. Sadly, it’s a no win situation – if they impact the game that severely everyone might as well start planning revenue numbers to be along the lines of where they were after the last lockout, if not worse, and the owners are going to want significantly more of that pie if they’re losing out on all the revenue they’re both losing by being idiots trying to win a PR battle.

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