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Craig Adams says Fehr isn’t withholding information from the players

Nov 10, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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A lot of the talk after yesterday’s round of frustrating labor talks centered around the job NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr was doing.

Fehr was accused by the league of not relaying all the information to the players as the NHL grows more and more frustrated in dealing with him, especially after he said the owners’ “make whole” offer wasn’t good enough.

Penguins forward Craig Adams, who has been a fixture at the labor meetings, says nothing could be further from the truth as Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Q: Is there any reason to believe information has been kept from players?

A: Certainly, Don didn’t relay every detail of every meeting in the (Wednesday) memo. That would be pretty long memo. If anybody is suggesting that Don’s holding information back, that’s totally untrue.

Adams’ thoughts echoed that of many other players who are in support of Fehr. The worry here is that the NHL saying this about Fehr will further embolden the players to not trust the owners. They’ve been dug in since the league’s first proposal and it seems like frustration is starting to boil over.

  1. blomfeld - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    “seems like frustration is starting to boil over” ? …

    Yeah, I suppose that’s one way to look at it … especially if you’re a pessimist. On the other hand, I choose to take the optimist’s view that a deal has never been closer at hand ! Yes sir, I can see Fehr breaking over the weekend now and finally coming to his senses. So “stand by” friends as good times are just around the corner … ain’t nothing gonna keep us from our game ! :)

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      “Just around the corner,” “Will happen any day now,” “Deal will be done the week of Nov. 5-10,” “Hockey by Thanksgiving,” “They won’t cancel the Winter Classic.”

      It’s getting so thick I can barely get past to the other comments. Today is the 10th and, unless there’s a (highly unlikely) breakthrough in the next few hours, your pronouncements and assumptions are officially dead. C’mon, it’s okay to admit you never had any information on how this dance of hockey death would turn out and that you were just being overly optimistic. No shame in that. And my thanks for not posting yet another Elvis video.

      • blomfeld - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      • blomfeld - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        Seriously Manchester …

        Look man, I originally postulated that a “magical” agreement would be reached during the week of Nov 5-10 with a margin for error of “plus/minus” 3 x days. Now that would equate to a time period from Nov 2 -13, correct ? And today is only Nov 10th, so I wouldn’t be too hasty there with your dire predictions. Also note that I do not claim to have “inside” sources as such. My views and opinions are all “self made” postulations, using nothing more than my own instinct and a dash of “God given” intuition … that’s it. Now you “pessimists” have been clamoring for us “optimists” to climb aboard your “doom & gloom” train for some time now. Well I’ve got news for you pal … I’m not boarding your dark train of despair ! … not today, not tomorrow, not even the day after that ! And I’ll have you know that no matter what you say, I’ll continue to be this way until this Tuesday Nov 13 @ 2359 hours ! :)

        ps: what if our Kings thought like you back in ’82 ? … we’d never of had that “miracle” man !

  2. rico33rd - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    I am a season ticket holder of the Winnipeg Jets and was obviously very happy when the NHL was back in town. I am done caring and pay little attention to who is at fault or who is to blame etc. I am not going to waste any of my time caring. Any season now doesn’t mean the same and will sell most of my games. The way I see it, I am making about $300 per game and have no trouble enjoying it elsewhere. We have learned here, life goes on and I will get back into it next year. I will still watch when it comes back because it will be in my terms and cost me nothing. Although both sides claim to care about the fans, I will care as much as I feel they do.

  3. killerpgh - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    How much info is Bettman giving all the owners? Didn’t the NHLPA make 3 or 4 proposals in one meeting a while back only to have Bettman reject all of them in under 10 minutes? Seems like a pretty quick rejection to get in touch with all of the 30 owners and explain what the NHLPAs proposal were. F you Bettman.

    • killerpgh - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      I guess he only has to give the info to 29 team since the NHL owns the coyotes.

    • stakex - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      People really need to get over that who “three proposals thing” (it was three, not four… don’t form opinions based on fuzzy facts).

      The players released the numbers on those offers, and they were all pretty much the same thing as their original offer. It doesn’t take a ton of math to understand why the owners walked out on those offers. Even the players “50/50 split” still had the players making 56.7% in the first year… which is obviously not a 50/50 split.

      I’ll also note that the players have yet to say Bettman, whos really a figure head in all this, is holding back information. Since this whole thing has been fought in public before this week, thats a charge that would certainly have been made.

  4. stakex - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    There certainly seems to be some sort of disconnect here. The owners say they are willing to pay current deals in full, just that some of it will be paid a bit later (the “make whole” provision), and Fehr says thats not what the players want… even though thats what hes been saying the players want.

    Someone is being less then honest here, and its not hard to guess who. Say what you want about Bettman, but a lost season isn’t good for him. There is virtually no reason, despite the uneducated banter of some fans, for Bettman to drag this thing out longer then he absolutely has to.

    Fehr on the other hand? He is the one person in this mess that has NOTHING to lose if the season itself is lost. He could walk away and wouldn’t have a speck of tarnish on him, and wouldn’t have lost anything in the process. The players, the owners, and yes even Bettman on the other hand will take a huge hit if that happens.They are all tied to hockey… as where Fehr isn’t. So do the math yourself. If someone is BSing here, and dragging this thing on longer then it needs to go… who do you actually think it is?

  5. dlk75150 - Nov 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM


  6. shortsxit - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM


    The NHLPA’s third proposal included a 50/50 split occurring immediately. The first two had the split occurring in three and five years respectively.

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