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Report: Union regains power to file disclaimer, won’t act yet

Jan 5, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT


The NHL and NHLPA have been engaged in negotiations for the better part of the day and the latest session might not end anytime soon, according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Meanwhile, the players’ latest vote to grant the union’s executive board the power to file a disclaimer of interest has ended.

The exact results are not yet known, but the Newark Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere is reporting that the NHLPA now has the power to dissolve if it so wishes.

It’s no surprise that the vote was successful, given that it passed by an overwhelming margin the first time around. The NHLPA needed to vote on the matter again because it decided against filing before the original Jan. 2 deadline.

That being said, it looks like the union won’t immediately exercise its regained authority. Instead, they will continue to focus on the negotiations for now, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

It is believed that the two sides have less than a week to come to an agreement or what’s left of the 2012-13 campaign will be lost.

  1. blkhwk21 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Just get a deal done please- I keep waiting for there to be a bad end to today’s meetings as progress seems to have been made. Stop the roller coaster and get this done for the better of the sport. This has been a train wreck to the sport- pick up the pieces and lets go! I miss my hockey.

  2. keepphil - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Who gives a rats keister any more. This season will forever have an asterisk next to it. Just cancel it and let the owners put the hammer down. Fehr is calling the bluff and I don’t want that weasel to win a darn thing (I can’t believe I actually dislike someone more than Bettman but I really do, because Fehr also cost me a Baseball season)

    And please press/media, stop whipping us all into a frenzy every 10 days or so with the next set of almost there negotiations.

    OK, now everyone can press the thumbsdown.

    • kitshky - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Tell Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer, and Claude Lemuix that their Cup has an asterix beside it …

  3. buffalo65 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Hate him or not, Fehr is good at what he does. The players owe him a ton. The count underestimated his foe.

    • keepphil - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Future players may thank him but he’s cost the current guys more than he’s made them, especially if the season is canceled. Do the math.

    • shotzongoal - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Buffalo65, Exactly why do the players owe Fehr a ton? At this point the players have lost about $700m in salary this year, have agreed to give up 7% of HRR revenue, have offered a cap limit next year that is $7M less than their last cap limit, have agreed to contract term limits, have agreed to limits on how much their contracts can go up (these last 2 issues never before seen in a CBA), have not changed the definition of HRR and may lose the rest of their salary this year if the season is canceled. Please tell me why you think “Fehr is good at what he does?”

      • woodstakes - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        Probably because if Bob Goodenow would have told them to sign the second offer the NHL made because he craps his pants when Bettman enters the room now after the butt kicking he took in the last lockout!

  4. 22bju - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    You care, otherwise why are you here dude?

  5. edmondalt - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    why hate fehr and bettman for doing there job they are paid to get the best deal for there side so your hating them for all the wrong reason just like ever other small minded person on here that are saying the same things. I read every post and we all want the same thing the game of hockey back so whatever is going to happen is going to happen no matter how many say they are not coming back or are writing the game off for good none of it matters people

    • millertime30 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      how can you type that many words and only use 1 punctuation mark?

      • macjacmccoy - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        How can you read that many words and your only comment be about punctuation? I hate people obsessed with grammar, punctuation, spelling etc. It is so pathetic. Whats even more pathetic is when they complain about it while making errors their self. Like capitalization, or is that not needed at the start of a sentence anymore?

      • millertime30 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        I’d never claim to be perfect, myself, when it comes to grammar. But I could hardly make out what Edmond was trying to say.

        Don’t you think you’re a little worked up? It’s Saturday night. Go have a beer or something.

      • shotzongoal - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        I wish I could give more than one thumbs up to Macjacmccoy!

  6. whiteqbs - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    A deal will get done and we’ll be watching Giroux own Crosby before you know it!!

  7. buffalo65 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Because if it wasn’t for Fehr, everything you listed would have been much much worse. He didn’t cave in when the owners expected him to. He held the union together and if you compare offers from a month or two ago to now he had saved the players a bunch.
    He stared Bettman down and Gary has blinked.

    • shotzongoal - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      I’m sorry buffalo65! I cannot argue with your logic. Let’s Go Buffalo!

  8. buffalo65 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Unless Gary doesn’t blink, then he screwed the players….go Sabres

  9. theskinsman - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    I will not buy an NHL ticket,or merchandise again. The AHL is more fan friendly,has a better energy and is flat out more fun. I’m well aware my decision means nothing,which is exactly what the NHL means to me. Millionaires striking/locking out…brilliant marketing.

  10. buffalo65 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Done deal, everyone race our and buy you tickets.
    Bettman caved lol

    • millertime30 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      I’ll keep watching from my couch.. still not all that hot on the idea of giving these guys any of my money.

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