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Report: Players authorize NHLPA board to file disclaimer of interest

Dec 21, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby AP

The NHLPA has wrapped up voting to authorize the union’s executive board to file a disclaimer of interest should it so choose.

While the union refused to publicly disclose the results, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports the players “overwhelmingly” gave their authorization to the board (as was expected).

If a disclaimer of interest is ultimately filed (the board reportedly has until Jan. 2 to decide), it’s unclear how it may affect the stalled CBA negotiations.

According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, it won’t help.

“It makes it more difficult,” Daly told the Ottawa Sun yesterday. “It changes the dynamic pretty significantly and, quite frankly, will have to change the focus short-term to a more adversarial focus than a bargaining focus. That can’t be helpful to the process in such a short time frame.”

On the contrary, the players are hoping the threat of dissolving the union, or actually dissolving it, will pressure the league to move off some of its positions in order to get a deal done.

The league has already canceled games through Jan. 14, and there are indications the next cancellation could be the season in its entirety.

  1. ron05342 - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    It means nothing unless they actually file the disclaimer. *Yawn*

  2. woodstakes - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    No surprise here at all.. anyone falling this thing the whole time pretty much knew this was coming when they weren’t playing by Dec 1.

    • woodstakes - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      *following this thing* – should REALLY proof read before I post! LoL

  3. id4joey - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    This conflict will NOT be resolved in the courts. Both parties have way too much to lose by dragging this to court. I’m standing by Bergeron’s “Done deal!”. It may not be much to some, but, he’s adamant, and it should provide us with a bit of hope. He’s the first and only one that made this prediction, and unless he’s right this could be career suicide.

  4. noozehound - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    how about telling us laypeople what a ‘disclaimer of interest’ means.

    • id4joey - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      It means the membership has given authority to to Fehr to file for decertification of the union. In other words, blow up the NHLPA. This means players will have the option to sue the NHL ownership under anti-trust laws.

    • woodstakes - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Actually, Dercertification and disclaimer of interest are not the same thing although the end result is about the same. Disclaimer of Interest means the players have given the executive members the right to walk away and say they no longer will represent the union members. Decertification means the union members (players) walk away from the union and say they (players/union members) are no longer represented by the union. Either way its the end of the union representing the players in negotiations and the players can then file suits against the league in anit-trust suits.

      • badintent - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        Exactly !! Thank you. Now the law firms on both sides can bill out 2000 hours each so 4000 hours X $1000/hr = the $$$ DIFFERENCE THE TWO SIDES WERE APART AT THE LAST MEETING . ! THE MAYANS WERE RIGHT. END OF HOCKEY WORLD. HOT DAMN. !
        MY MAN BROMFELD , please insert video of belly dancer, thank you.

      • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:24 AM

        *** Special video presentation for comrade Badintent ! ***

  5. bjbgmb1964 - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    In a socking development the union will disband by January . They will reform under a trade association. This might shock the world – they will bring in a big time labor lawyer named Fehr to represent the trade association. Fehr will claim they are not a union, “wink wink” and will claim the association been wronged and the owners are harming them by not letting them play. It sad how full of crap both sides are, however If I was a owner,I would rather close my business then give into Fehr tactics . I beg the players to realize it Fehr ego before their well being.

    • atteckus - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      So you’d piss away several hundred million dollars in hard earned investment just to prove a point to Donald Fehr? Its no wonder your not an owner.

      • atteckus - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Correction: you’re

  6. barkar942 - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Screw them all! Let them disband. That will null and void all contracts. The players can reform any “association” they want to. The owners do not have to deal with them. Therefore, file and screw away about 50% of all future hockey earnings. And don’t tell me they can go play in Russia and Europe. Half of the ones are coming home for the “personal reasons” that is really the fact they aren’t being paid as promised.
    Wise up, players. Fehr got away with all of his tactical BS because of how big baseball revenue is. Here, all he will be doing is hurting the players long term earning potential. If he stays around, there will be no league.

    • atteckus - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Its the players’ fault that the owners allowed too many teams into the league via expansion and many of those teams are losing money? Why should the players have to pay for the owners’ poor business decision to expand into the desert Southwest (Phoenix)? Hopefully, the owners will come to their senses and make a fair offer to share the costs of their losing franchises via revenue sharing, with the union kicking in some concessions as well. No doubt, the players benefit from more NHL jobs, so they should kick in a litte. But this is predominantly an owner-made problem. They pocketed all those huge admission fees from expansion, not the players.

  7. acieu - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Amen. Preach it brother!!!!!

  8. chrisvegas - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    I’m having Hockey withdrawels. Please get a deal done!!!!!

  9. Jeff - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Players should have dissolved a long time ago. They still haven’t done it, and I hope it’s no an empty threat.

  10. sportsfan69 - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM


    • badintent - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      NIce !

    • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      thank you friend … one of my favorite pieces of all time !

  11. SpeakPhilly - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I hope they cancel this season and next season. I could care less anymore

    • SpeakPhilly - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      meant to say couldn’t care less

      • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        care or “couldn’t” care is besides the point … good-bye friend, we wish you well and God speed to you …

  12. cspsrbums - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    This is all on the owners they don’t need to try and get everything this time around tried strong arming the players by locking them out . This isn’t Fehrs deal it owners and their puppet Bettman and sidekick Daly

    • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      Goodbye then and God speed to you as well friend …

  13. onbucky96 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Ah yes, the next step in organized sports labor playbook. Players like the Union for the money and benefits. Then once locked out, just decertify the union and find a labor friendly judge. Just like the NFLPA. BTW, D.Smith didn’t lose his job long, did he…

  14. id4joey - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Because owners hold he purse. Maybe players should get together and by a few teams.

  15. sportsfan69 - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Oh my the belly dancer. WOW!

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