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Daly says decertification “would likely lead to the end of the season”

Nov 23, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT


NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has a message for any player that thinks blowing up the NHLPA is the way to go – be prepared to lose the rest of the season.

Friday in an interview with Sportsnet radio, Daly called decertification a “time consuming process that would likely lead to the end of the season.”

Others have argued that decertification, or at least the threat of taking the battle to the courtroom, is exactly what’s needed to end the lockout. But are the players willing to take that chance?

When asked if the NHL underestimated the players’ resolve in the CBA negotiations, Daly said no; however, he did admit he may have “underestimated the magnitude of the gulf between” the two sides.

Daly ended the interview with a shot at NHLPA leadership by suggesting the players may be more interested in making a deal than the men leading them.

Exit Daly, enter NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr.

“Of course we want to get a deal done,” Fehr told Sportsnet shortly after Daly’s interview ended.

And does the NHL want to get a deal done?

“We have our doubts,” said Fehr, alluding to the league’s decision to lock out the players and its stubbornness during negotiations.

“We moved a couple of miles (with the NHLPA’s latest proposal); they moved a couple of inches.”

As for the potential for decertification, he’d only say that “all things are under consideration.”

Click here to listen to the Daly interview and here for Fehr.

  1. valoisvipers - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Steve Fehr says We moved a couple of miles.
    Now I know both Fehrs are delusional.
    What is it going to take to end this madness?

  2. jaybird22seven - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Who cares !!!! Put an end to the NHL. Lets start fresh off with a new hockey league with fewer teams. Perhaps a World Hockey league. It’s the non hockey markets that has just killed this league.

    • blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      jaybird – we’re now only 43 x days past the original Oct 11 start date of the season … so you’re hardly going to through an institution which is close to 100 years old out the window because of that ! … look for these phonies to announce an agreement here shortly … our learned friend Id4joey has been saying all along that they’re likely using the NBA formula from last year as their template … that means that something should be happening now pretty soon …

      • williplett - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:05 AM

        Blomy, your “any day now” bit is getting old. You did it both before AND after the Winter Classic was cancelled. You did it earlier this month numerous times. Now you’re doing it as the All Star game has been cancelled. I want hockey too, but what about the less than good news from the last two weeks leads you to honestly say something “should be happening now pretty soon”? False hope and fake insider info helps nobody.

      • blomfeld - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Willi – From day one I asserted that an agreement would materialize during the week of Nov 5 -10. Well sure enough “something” almost did happen that week, but it wasn’t an agreement in the end and so here we are. In going forward now, I have no idea what’s going to happen and it doesn’t look good at all. And yet I still retain optimism that these fools aren’t going to actually blow the whole thing up and themselves in the process. So “false hope” perhaps, but definitely no “inside information” on my part, I can assure you. The way I see it, they have to make a deal now within the next two weeks. Beyond that, there simply won’t be enough time left to make any kind of a reasonable season from, as I don’t think a 48 game schedule will fly like previous ? 😦

      • mgp1219 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        please go away. you “talk a lot yet say nothing”.

        did i use the quotation marks properly? since you are the king of over used and unnecessary quotation marks, i thought i should ask.

  3. flyeredup - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    If it takes decertification to kill the season (and more), PLEASE decertify U ion! Please!

  4. virusgvr - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    The season is already at a total loss anyway! Does it really matter if it is a go this year? It won’t be the same anyway.

  5. ron05342 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Steve Fehr: “We are at the bargaining table, trying to make a deal.”

    Uh, Steve…no you are not. And neither are the other guys. You are taking verbal potshots at each other, as though that is going to help anything.

    Both of you guys can go straight to hell.

  6. elemeno89 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    There a difference between making a deal and accepting the garbage you shovel towards the players Bill. Pull your head out of the deep dark crevice you crap out of every day.

  7. mississippimudslinger - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Anyone who actually think’s that there’e even going to be an NHL 2012-2013 season is delusional at this point.

  8. trick9 - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    So NHL has moved miles and NHLPA inches? NHL is moving upwards and the ‘PA is moving downwards. Players stand to lose huge amount of revenue, most of their contract rights and still that’s considered as inches?

    I really hope the ‘PA does the decertify because in all honesty, after that last ‘PA proposal was completely rejected, this season is already lost. I mean NHL has already cancelled the Winter Classic, All-Star weekend and most of the schedule.

    At the start NHL wanted these talks to be similar as NBA and NFL ones, so ‘PA decertifying would propably lead to the same outcome. This lockout is just 2 sides playing hardball at the expenses of players, fans and owners. Nobody is going to win anything from this.

    • tatdue - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Learn to read please….

  9. Stiller43 - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Why do A holes on this board NOT want hockey?

    However long it takes, i want to see my team, and the nhl, back in action.

    • stakex - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Most of the actual hockey fans probably do, no matter what they might say. Others, like mississippimudslinger, are clearly not hockey fans and are just getting off trolling the hockey boards while they wait for the boring-ball season to start.

      • mississippimudslinger - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        I enjoy the Sport , you’d be surprised how much I do know about the Sport . is it my favorite Sport? nope not by a longshot , am I happy that they arent playing?, ehh I could take it or leave it seeing how watered down the product is these days , how pansified the rules have become how every game is marred with 15 power plays for each team … so yeah think before you speak stakex

      • blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        @mudslinger – that may possibly be the first ever post of yours which isn’t “completely” oozing with hatred and contempt ? … and I do actually agree with some of your points too ? … what the hell is going on here ? … did you forget to take your “hatred” medications this morning ?

  10. pastabelly - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Just remember that whatever deal they reach could have been done in August and that’s what makes Bettman an incompetent.

  11. id4joey - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Guys, Daly is right. The bottom line here, and I’ve said this before, it’s up to the players to put pressure on Fehr to get the deal made.

    id4joey | Nov 21, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    “I don’t think Hamrlik is worth half the money of he’s being paid, but, welcome to Bettman’s NHL.This guy is right. The players have too step up and keep putting pressure on Fehr. The NHL won’t think twice about canceling the first 2 weeks of Dec if this persists.”

  12. xaf605 - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Please just cancel season already!

  13. csilojohnson - Nov 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    All sports are watered down shells of what they once were. Look at the NFL

  14. mississippimudslinger - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Dumbfeld there’s a big difference between “hating” then mocking …. mocking is what I do to you and your alter ego id4joey…

  15. cspsrbums - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Blom and ID4 are complete morons They just like listen to each others crap and know very little about what’s going to happen very soon again so go away the both of you

    • id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Yep! Funny though how I post comments and less than 2 days later the PHT writers report what I wrote. Hehehehehe!

      • millertime30 - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        you didn’t break any news. i’m sure you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, telling yourself that you did, but you didn’t. the league had already said that more cancellations were coming, and many real reporters had said that it would be the early part of december that was lost next. the league simply followed through on their word (for once).

  16. bruinns78 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    End the Season already and screw up the hole thing cause the SCUMBAG OWNERS are the ones to blame…GO PLAYERS!!!

  17. buffalomafia - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Wtf! Play already fools!

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