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Fehr: If sides settle money issues, a deal could be done in “six hours”

Oct 11, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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The NHL provided its response to another inconclusive day of CBA talks, so NHLPA head Steve Fehr answered back.

If you were expecting something uplifting on the night when the regular season was supposed to begin, you’re out of luck.

Instead, Fehr told Renaud P. Lavoie how easily a new deal could come together if that whole “money” thing wasn’t a problem.

“We can resolve all the other issues in 6 hours if we got a deal on the major issues,” Fehr said.

That would be a promising comment if it weren’t for the fact that there’s no sign either side will budge on pivotal economic issues.

At this point, both the NHL and NHLPA are claiming that the other side isn’t willing to compromise on the latest proposals and counter-proposals.

There aren’t any additional meetings planned either, so instead, the two sides seem satisfied playing PR volley ball.

(Or Ping Pong.)


No real progress on Wednesday or Thursday

Bill Daly’s response

  1. bcsteele - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I guess if both sides have the PR plan of pissing off the fans and hurting the economies of local businesses and familes alike…SUCCESS!

    I hate both sides now…this is childish…

  2. broadstbully33 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM


  3. sippindasyzurp - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Folks don’t kid yourself here, Donald Fehr is only doing this for his own legacy! Why do you think MLB players got rid of this clown… He wants to just try and take down Bettman and the owners and he has the whole NHLPA drinking his Kool-Aid…. AT then end of all this, the players will be regretting they ever hired Donald Fehr, cause they are never going to get this money back that they are going to lose in this lockout!

    Think about it, do you think a player like Chris Thorburn who is on the last year of his contract and set to make $900,000 this year really wants to miss one full season “for the future of his union brothers”??? After the 2004-05 lockout 240 NHL players never saw another minute of ice-time after that lockout ended..

    I think the owners are wrong for demanding such an immediate rollback and by no means have they managed there league adequately.. They do deserve a lot of the brunt to shoulder for this mess which is why I think a more reasonable proposal would be a gradual rollback of salaries of 2-3% each year until they get to 50-50… Plus they need implement revenue sharing of course as well to make sure everyone is on an equal playing field…

    The players mentality of “not being pushed around” might work on the ice, but in the boardroom it will just result in lost salary.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Life is full of tough decisions. Yes, sometimes you have to give up short-term benefits for long-term gains

  4. schlitzy - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    agreed. both sides can rot while sitting on their overpaid asses and whining about “fair deals”. where’s the fair deal for the fans? its our money they’re squabbling over.
    I’ve started my own lockout. I’m locking out anything NHL related that I have to spend a buck on. tickets, merchandise, cable package…all locked out.

  5. mydadyourmom - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I’m with schlity! Iiiiiit’s a lockout.

  6. bagjr387 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    and if your aunt had boobs, she’d be your uncle.

    • bagjr387 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      I know its wrong on purpose

  7. jimw81 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    everyday the lockout goes by, poof, there goes the rev….

  8. snowman218 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    “two sides seem satisfied playing PR volley ball.”

    Why the Fu*k is either side trying to win the “PR Battle” when the fans realistically don’t matter or can make a decision for either side, just nonsense and irritating noise coming out of their mouths !!

  9. hsnepts - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    some comments:

    1) They are talking about dividing the revenues, not the profits. The difference is, the players half of revenue goes into buying houses and yachts. The owners half goes into actually running their NHL franchise – quite an expensive thing to do I think.

    2) I hate the NHL. The league is a joke, it consistently puts short term profits ahead of the quality of the game, the game is poluted with jackass players, and hefty 1-game suspensions. They have tv timeouts, and millions of meaningless games. Teams like the Islanders are allowed to exist. There’s a head hunt in practically every game, usually around 10 minutes in the third period, by the team who’s losing. Bettman is our commissioner! He represents our game. And he is a sniveling crook who’s probably never worn skates.

    3) I hate the NHLPA. They refuse to work for fair wages – businesses sometimes need to restructure because they are losing money – normally it means firing a bunch of people and getting finances in order to try and grow again. But then the players strike. Wah Wah. What is this, Greece? Yet the players scamper off to europe to play for way less. They talk like its a labour union – but they wont represent minor league players, will they? no.

    • spiffy53 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      some comments
      1) you are clueless
      2) you are still clueless
      3) and yes, you really are completely clueless

      why are you even on here if you “hate the NHL” ? go outside and take a deep breath or better yet, read a book.

  10. noisetheorem - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    PR doesnt get the F*CKING JOB DONE!!! At this point, who gives a flying puck which side has the fans on their side. GET IT DONE.

  11. erika29 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Stop! Just stop! I’m barely scraping by on my husband’s military salary and doing my best to just get through the day. My family and I usually look forward to hockey as an escape from all this crap and this is what you (NHL and NHLPA) give the fans? I used to love the down-to-earth nature of hockey, but that’s gone and it’s heart breaking. It’s now as bad as MLB, the NBA, etc. I’d like to hear anyone from either side TRUTHFULLY explain this situation to a kid that just wants to watch the game they love.

    I understand the need to negotiate the nitty gritty and that it’s not easy, but you CAN do it! Everyone deserves their fair share, but this is not a negotiation about police salaries or teachers’ benefits. Just push Fehr and Bettman’s egos out of the way and get to work! Even when this is resolved, I’ll never see any of you the same way after this and that’s truly sad.

  12. montrealais - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Okay so now do something for the fans moral. Settle all those issues that ‘you’ claim can be settled in just 6 hours. Give us some hope that both of you are just waiting till NBC lowers the boom and forces the Winter Classic or cancels their contract.

  13. montrealais - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Okay so now do something for the fans moral. Settle all those issues that ‘you’ claim can be settled in just 6 hours. Give us some hope that both of you are not just waiting until NBC lowers the boom and forces the Winter Classic or cancels their contract.

  14. manchestermiracle - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    ‘“We can resolve all the other issues in 6 hours if we got a deal on the major issues,” Fehr said.’

    Thank you, Captain Obvious, for reiterating what all fans already know: You’re all greedy to the point of dysfunction. It’s pretty apparent that the love of money is the root of this evil lockout and even more apparent that your blinding love of said money will result in a severely shortened, or outright cancelled, season. Too bad that, in this case anyway, admitting you have a problem is doing nothing to solve it.

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