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Daly responds to Fehr’s salary cap warning

Oct 9, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Bill Daly AP

NHLPA boss Donald Fehr wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the salary cap itself being put on the table if the lockout drags on.

“If this goes on for an extended period of time, I don’t know what they (the players) are going to do,” Fehr said. “But I think it’s safe to say, they would be exploring all options.”

Such an action from the players would likely be seen as a non-starter in the eyes of the league and it’s already prompted a response from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“How the PA ulitmately determines to deal with that issue(salary cap) is it’s own business,” Daly told TSN’s Gino Reda. “But it will also be very telling on the legitimacy and credibility of its claim that it wants a settlement that will get the players back on the ice quickly.”

In other words, an attempt by the union to bring down the salary cap might lead to a longer lockout. Still, before you start to prepare for the worst, it’s worth emphasizing that Fehr isn’t suggesting that the NHLPA will fight the existence of a salary cap just yet.

“If there can be an agreement in a relatively short term, which puts the pieces back together and gets the season going, I think the players can live with that,” Fehr said.

  1. dlk75150 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I am so sick of this whole lockout. Get er done boys and I mean boys! Grow up get off your butts and find a freaking resolution!

  2. jernster21 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    This coming from the side who says “don’t bother with a new economic proposal unless you give us everything we ask for.” Pot. Kettle. Black.

  3. ibieiniid - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    how does fehr and daly have so much time to talk to the media about the situation, but have so little time to talk to EACH OTHER? theyre acting like middle school girls arguing thru friends rather than working things out between themselves. TALK TO EACH OTHER NOT PPL WITH THE MICS… sorry nbc

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Dear NHLPA:

    The most successful sport in America has a hard salary cap. You need one too.,

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Dear NHL,
      The most successful sport in America also has extensive revenue sharing in place which allows teams like Green Bay to play on equal footing. You need this too.

      • eastcoastcynic - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        And the NFL draws from a much deeper pot of revenue than the NHL which makes charitable redistribution easy.

  5. jimw81 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    tomorrow should be a fun day

  6. muckthefets - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Is it quite possible that these four children, meaning the Fehr’s, Daly, and Bettman are the GD four horsemen of the apocalypse. I mean come just looking at any of them makes me cringe with their sinister looks.

  7. zman1380 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    If you want to hear the 10 minute interview I did with Steve Fehr on my radio show, e-mail me at and I’ll forward it to you. Very candid.

  8. mhazz84 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Lock Bettman and Fehr in a room. Put one gun with one bullet behind breakable glass in the room an equal distance away from both parties. Broadcast the negotiations/dead sprints on TV. Don’t let them out until there is a resolution.

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