Skip to content

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Antropov mulling NHL return

    Jul 27, 2015, 9:29 PM EDT

    Nik Antropov Getty Images

    But are any teams mulling his return?

  2. Mayers returning to ‘Hawks in front office role

    Jul 27, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

    jamalmayersgetty Getty Images

    Where he’ll work as a community liaison.

  3. ‘I don’t want to play in the AHL next year,’ says Detroit’s Callahan

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:21 PM EDT

    MitchCallahan Getty Images

    24-year-old forward would require waivers to be sent down…

  4. Still unsigned, Briere contemplating retirement

    Jul 27, 2015, 5:22 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche

    “I’ll have to start thinking about it more and more in the next couple of weeks.”

  5. Avs ink former first-rounder Hishon to one-year deal

    Jul 27, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Hishon2 Getty Images

    Looking to become a full-time NHLer after suffering a series of injuries at the start his pro career.

  6. Devils GM: Larsson has ‘only scratched the surface’ of his potential

    Jul 27, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Adam Larsson AP

    He calls it the six-year, $25 million contract “good for both sides.”

  7. Soderberg didn’t hesitate in signing with Avs

    Jul 26, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings Getty Images

    Playing between Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon would excite plenty of people.

  8. Gionta: Sabres’ offseason ‘excites guys in the locker room’

    Jul 26, 2015, 8:50 PM EDT

    Andrej Meszaros, Rasmus Ristolainen, Brian Gionta AP

    Holdovers are noticing a summer of improvements for Buffalo.

  9. Byron (wrist) hopes to be ready for Flames’ training camp

    Jul 26, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT

    Paul Byron AP

    The two sides avoided arbitration on Sunday.

  10. Can the Blue Jackets justify their big spending?

    Jul 26, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    Columbus hasn’t had a long history of being a “cap team.”

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. B. Holtby (2606)
  2. G. Bettman (2195)
  3. A. Larsson (2064)
  4. D. Stepan (1768)
  5. C. Ehrhoff (1600)
  1. P. Datsyuk (1537)
  2. R. Johansen (1508)
  3. A. Semin (1497)
  4. C. Smith (1492)
  5. A. Anisimov (1466)