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Report: Player called out for questioning Fehr in conference call

Nov 17, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

Donald Fehr AP

Throughout the lockout, we’ve heard players speak openly about labor strife, but we almost never hear from the owners.

The reason for that is obvious — the owners risk a fine for talking while the players don’t.

But do the players risk being scrutinized by their peers if they stand up and speak out against the union?

“In the last conference call, a player asked Don why he was learning details of the NHL’s last proposal through the media and not via Don or the players in attendance,” an NHL player told ESPNBoston.com. “Don and some other players called that player out and basically embarrassed him for asking that.”

To be fair, we might be missing information that would add further context to the situation that the player is describing.

It’s also worth noting that a couple of players have suggested that the union should, at least partially, share in the blame for the ongoing lockout.

Tomas Kaberle recently said that “both sides need to smarten up.”

Last month, Dan Boyle complained that “both sides think it’s their way or the highway.”

We’ve also seen an alcohol-inspired Twitter rant from Krys Barch and, whether you agree with what he said or not, it’s not something you would have likely seen if he didn’t feel free to express his views.

Meanwhile, the NHLPA wants to meet next week. Maybe that will finally lead to a deal and make stories like this one moot. Of course, they would need to bridge a sizable gap for that to be possible.

  1. habsman - Nov 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    As more and more lost paycheques start to pile up, more and more players are going to start asking Mr. Fehr what the hell is going on. The players have already lost more money than they would have if they had signed last months offer. Why? Because they feel they’re entitled to similar salaries paid in other sports, even though the NHL revenue stream is only a fraction of NBA, NFL and MLB. Cracks are starting to show. One or two lost paycheques should do it.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Nov 17, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      It was the owners that signed those contracts, wasn’t it? And the players have given back what, a billion dollars? Sounds fair to me. Sign the deal, owners.

  2. stakex - Nov 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    If this player really was learning the details of the owners last offer from the media, hes asking a very valid question. The fact that Fehr would call him out and embarrass him instead of actually explain why thats the case does have to make you wonder a bit.

    • crosberries - Nov 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Maybe because he should start paying attention all the players are welcome to attend any of the meetings

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Maybe but if he doesnt understand or misses a meeting, how else is he supposed to get informed or clear up his confusion? And then fehr rips him for doing so? Seems to me that whoever asked this question struck a nerve w mr fehr and probably had a valid point or else fehr would have answered his question and moved on

  3. xaf605 - Nov 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Maybe the nhl will end up like hostess cupcakes no more .

  4. mpops86 - Nov 17, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Let’s pump the brakes here: Murph has zero credibility. He had Chris Pronger traded to Boston three years ago – he’s Boston’s own Eklund.

  5. bigoldorcafromvan - Nov 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I really think that the NHLPA is only telling the players what they might like to hear. I don’t think the players are getting the full meal deal on this. I belong to 2 unions but of course the contracts are not as complicated as this one but the head people that negotiate for you can make you feel like there is no way your worth anything less. Going to be along winter for 3 groups. (greedy players, compassionate fans, and all the people that work behind the scenes for hockey}

  6. thomaspratt - Nov 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    If the players do crack after another paycheque and acquiesce to the owners’ settlement wish list, they ought to simply disband the PA. No need to train new leadership. Next time the CBA expires, the players can learn whatever new things the owners want to take away and say thank you.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      The NHL would be in big trouble if the union disbanded, the league wouldn’t be able to make league wide employment policies (salary cap, entry draft etc) or they’d be setting themselves up for massive punishment at the hands of an anti-trust lawsuit. As long as the union exists the NHL is free to act as one collective group with 30 individual franchises, once that union disappears they become 30 individual franchises who can’t conspire. That’s why the nflpa filed to disband just before the nfl lockout and why the nfl was deadset against them being allowed to do it.

      The NHL needs the union whether they want to admit it or not, one would ask if this drags on if the players might give actual thought to disbanding?

    • valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      That’s the way it should be.Then there would no longer be any lockouts or strikes and don’t worry about the players, owners want to win and will offer them boat loads of money to make sure they sign with them and not to some other team.

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