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Report: NHLPA opted against filing disclaimer of interest (Updated)

Jan 3, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

Donald Fehr AP

Although Donald Fehr decided not to comment, an anonymous source told RDS’ Renaud Lavoie that a disclaimer of interest was not filed.

Gary Bettman backs up those claims, telling the Canadian Press’ Chris Johnston that the league has “not been notified” about the disclaimer of interest.

It’s important to note that this legal option hasn’t evaporated altogether for the union.

Fehr still has the option to play that card, but Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos notes that the NHLPA would need to re-vote on the matter.

The hope is that it doesn’t come to that, although it’s still a possibility considering the fact that the two sides weren’t able to come to an agreement yet. For more on the talks, click here.


  1. Stiller43 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Get a f**kin deal done already.

  2. cordellanderson - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    That picture of Fehr is the best! “Come to the darkside”

    • whatthepuck2012 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Ahahahaha I thought the same thing….I also thought, “I didn’t want to sleep tonight anyway.”

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Legal analyst Rob Becker was just on Sportsnet and said that the window for the players approval of a disclaimer of interest expired HOWEVER the union brass (Donald Fehr) can disclaim interest on his own at anytime. The union is due in court on Monday to file their response to the league’s lawsuit, Becker speculated that if things go off the rails in the meantime Fehr will disclaim interest and the PA’s response would include a counter suit against the league which would be an anti-trust lawsuit….hopefully it doesn’t get to that point!

    • zetaone - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      I still don’t understand how that would go down. If the players union gets ‘dissolved’ how can they join together and sue the NHL as one entity? Wouldn’t they just be 700 individual people and not one huge union? Class action?

      Don’t just thumbs this down, explain it..

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        The counter suit (anti-trust lawsuit) would have the players named in the current NHL lawsuit as the plaintiffs, this group would basically be doing the work for every player since the settlement of said case would likely be a new CBA (see Reggie White v the NFL) it would also open the door for other players to individually file suit against the NHL.

        Also note the NHLPA itself wouldn’t completely dissolve it would just go from a union to a trade association, and Donald Fehr would go from head of the union to outside legal council, he would still advise the players but could only negotiate on the players behalf if the NHL signed a waiver saying so.

  4. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    My sources tell me Joey is upset that he couldn’t cut and paste some lie here from some other article he wasn’t able to post on today.

    You know he’s reading this,
    (waves hi)
    so upset that he hasn’t a clue how to beat IP bans

    Oh and I’d just like to add
    Jan.15th doesn’t fall on Jan.19th this year does it? No?
    LMAO Ok I thought so

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      No but, if you asked George W. Bush he would probably tell you it does .

    • Buford T Justice - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      funny post, made me laugh but if you really think about it , each time joey’s name gets brought up directly (about him) , he smiles knowing that someone’s thinking of him and the effect he left on ya’ll lol

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        Like herpes? Oh wait, no you can’t get rid of that, more like crabs.

    • woodstakes - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Its funny you brought up an “IP Ban”… I got banned by way back in Sept or so.. not for being a troll or anything but they had an article about “Records that will never be broken…” or something along those lines and I posted.. “Hey, you guys missed one ‘3 Lockouts under the same leadership!'” and the anal retentive moderators banned me because I got like 800 likes or something like that. I mean realistically once it got to like 200 people were just telling people in other articles to go click like on it trying to get it passed say 400 then 500 etc etc.. but still.. Yup that’s what got me an IP Ban!

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Sounds like Mzinga moderation (same Boston based jokers ESPN uses) they wield the ban hammer like nobody’s business. Oh course anything like you posted would be welcome on ESPN.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Sounds like Mzinga moderation (same Boston based jokers ESPN uses) they wield the ban hammer like nobody’s business. Oh course anything like you posted would be welcome on ESPN.

  5. derwoodff64 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Get this thing done footballs almost over!!!!!

    • whatthepuck2012 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      As a Steelers fan, it’s already over. 😦

      • zetaone - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        You guys have won enough Super Bowls and Stanley Cups.

      • whatthepuck2012 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        We want more!! Gimme gimme gimme

  6. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I’m kind of new here, so am I correct in assuming Blomfeld and Joey were indeed the same person since one was banned and the other suddenly isn’t commenting either?

    • Buford T Justice - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      possibly. although i never saw the one dipshyt post the silly yuotube vids that the other dipshyt did

    • purp1234 - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      they did post quite differently…if they were the same oerson, maybe he took a serum that made them Dr. . Blomfiekd and Mr. IDKjoey

  7. badintent - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    The real reason for the really short meeting went like this ”
    Don 5 star hotels, great meals, and world class hookers”
    Gary:” yeah, lets keep meeting. we got everyone fooled, especially the media parasites”
    Don :” On That we can both agree on ! “

  8. virusgvr - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    You know what the sick part about all of this is… These guys (Bettman and co…) moves people’s lives/emotions of the fans, but yet he will go to live his lavish lifestyle and eat his fat effing steak and not care what the implications of this season are and chuckle the night away!

  9. lordfletcher - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    the photo made me think of Billy Squier In The Dark …

    time for bed

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