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09:56 AM ET 12.02 | Absent a cogent bargaining approach beyond just saying "No," the NHL continues to attempt to discredit NHLPA executive director Don Fehr. Everyone by now is familiar with the league's back-channel assertion Fehr doesn't accurately relay information from the NHL to the rank-and-file; that he withholds information to suit his own anti-salary cap agenda. The latest, though, Slap Shots has learned, is this rumor circulating through the Board that Fehr has a clause in his contract under which he would receive an $8 million payment should the PA vote to accept a CBA against his recommendation. "Nonsense ... comical," Fehr said once he stopped laughing when asked about it yesterday. "I'd say that I only wish I were that good a negotiator for myself, except that I don't even want to joke about it." It all appears to be part of a strategy to paint Fehr as unethical in order to undermine his influence with the players.

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December 2, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Another NHL attempt to discredit Don Fehr?

Has the NHL hired Rex? :-)

December 2, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Another NHL attempt to discredit Don Fehr?

Has the NHL hired Rex? :-)

I'm pretty sure this guy did too. ;-)

December 2, 2012  10:20 AM ET

At this point the NHL is simply fresh road kill!

December 2, 2012  10:52 AM ET

It all appears to be part of a strategy to paint Fehr as unethical in order to undermine his influence with the players.



Careful what you wish for...just look what the players ended up with when their wishes came true.

December 2, 2012  11:07 AM ET

He could step down, step back...yeah right.

December 2, 2012  11:13 AM ET

What? Gary Bettman and the NHL spreading lies to discredit the NHLPA (or their leader)? That would NEVER happen. I mean, Gary Bettman LOVES the fans of the NHL. I mean, he's never MET one face to face - but he's heard WONDERFUL things about them. And clearly forcing the third work stoppage during his tenure proves he REALLY cares about the fans. No, seriously.

Just like the NHL's initial offer this time around - Gary has misjudged the intelligence of most NHL fans. Sure, there are some that claim to be fans who blindly support Gary like the sheep in Animal Farm - braying nonsense about how Don Fehr has been to blame for the last three NHL work stoppages - but those of us who can think for ourselves know that Gary B is a joke - and the key problem with the NHL. I mean, his expansion plans worked out great in Phoenix (almost bankrupt) - Atlanta (where is that team again?) - Florida - not to mention approving owners who went directly to jail without collecting their $200.

Fehr isn't an angel - but compared to Gary B - he surely is.

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December 2, 2012  11:56 AM ET
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What? Gary Bettman and the NHL spreading lies to discredit the NHLPA (or their leader)? That would NEVER happen. I mean, Gary Bettman LOVES the fans of the NHL. I mean, he's never MET one face to face - but he's heard WONDERFUL things about them. And clearly forcing the third work stoppage during his tenure proves he REALLY cares about the fans. No, seriously.Just like the NHL's initial offer this time around - Gary has misjudged the intelligence of most NHL fans. Sure, there are some that claim to be fans who blindly support Gary like the sheep in Animal Farm - braying nonsense about how Don Fehr has been to blame for the last three NHL work stoppages - but those of us who can think for ourselves know that Gary B is a joke - and the key problem with the NHL. I mean, his expansion plans worked out great in Phoenix (almost bankrupt) - Atlanta (where is that team again?) - Florida - not to mention approving owners who went directly to jail without collecting their $200.Fehr isn't an angel - but compared to Gary B - he surely is.

Where was Fehr when the league wanted to start talks at the end of last season? How long did it take Fehr to get his first proposal to the league? Based on the willing to negotiate and the concessions the owners have made throughout the process t is pretty clear who wants to see a settlement get done. All Fehr has done is continually make promises to the PA he can't deliver. In the end the PA will settle, unfortunately for them and because of Fehr it will cost the players a bundle.

December 2, 2012  11:57 AM ET
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I don't believe anyone has suggested that Donald Fehr is/was responsible for the last 3 work stoppages, least of me.Whether I like Gary **** (I don't) or not is immaterial, no one needed to hire me or anyone else to discredit Donald Fehr. He is a P O S and a labor pariah nonpareil. End of story.

1 Fehr + 1 Bettman = 0 Fans.

December 2, 2012  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Another NHL attempt to discredit Don Fehr?Has the NHL hired Rex? :-)

love it.

December 2, 2012  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Where was Fehr when the league wanted to start talks at the end of last season? How long did it take Fehr to get his first proposal to the league? Based on the willing to negotiate and the concessions the owners have made throughout the process t is pretty clear who wants to see a settlement get done. All Fehr has done is continually make promises to the PA he can't deliver. In the end the PA will settle, unfortunately for them and because of Fehr it will cost the players a bundle.

I heard the other day that based on an average career the players already have lost more in missed wages then they can make up in the future. They are following the Fuhrer into the abyss.

December 2, 2012  12:32 PM ET

In summation Your Honour I'd like to submit to the court that arguing The Butt-plug vs The Fehrer is like arguing Massengil vs Summer's Eve.

December 2, 2012  12:56 PM ET
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I heard the other day that based on an average career the players already have lost more in missed wages then they can make up in the future. They are following the Fuhrer into the abyss.

It is clear what Fehr's agenda is. He is only negotiating for the elite players who have many years left on their contracts. While the majority of players whose contracts have expired or will in the next year are getting shafted and will never recover the money Fehr has cost them. All this crap about Fehr fighting for the Association is just BS.

December 2, 2012  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

He is only negotiating for the elite players who have many years left on their contracts. While the majority of players whose contracts have expired or will in the next year are getting shafted and will never recover the money Fehr has cost them.

THIS I agree with. Meanwhile, since math skills aren't a pre-requisite for the job, alot of the players don't realize the screwjob they're signed up to if they give the cap reduction without proportionate rollbacks. If I was a fourth liner I'd let my team's star player know that he'll be picking up the dinner tabs for the next few seasons...

December 2, 2012  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It is clear what Fehr's agenda is. He is only negotiating for the elite players who have many years left on their contracts. While the majority of players whose contracts have expired or will in the next year are getting shafted and will never recover the money Fehr has cost them. All this crap about Fehr fighting for the Association is just BS.

Please. I am sorry. Fehr is doing what is best for all the players. If they give in more now, then the NHL will lock them out in 5 more years and take more and more and more. Fehr has to stop the cycle that is showing as routine from GB and the likes of JJ. The NHL's strategy is to take as much as they can at all cost. Wether it is losing 40 games like in 94 or an entire season like last time. The NHL's strategy in these recent negotiations is to simply cancel games first then negotiate second.

While the players now will never get this money back, the more they give in now, the less they will continue to get. It's easy for players like Hamerlik who has made many millions to complain, because they want there last million before they retire. They give in now and the next negotiation will be more of the same.

This is a cycle that GB will continue to use until it is stopped. The players realize that, which is why they brought in Fehr. All the players realize they could have hired a push over, got as much as they could get before locking them out of games and call it a day. Then in 5 years rinse and repeat.

December 2, 2012  01:38 PM ET

The NHL is spending more time trying to discredit Fehr and ruin the PA then actual negotiate a contract. Why? Because it worked with Goodenow. Why? Because it worked with Kelly. This is why the league is run terribly. It would be nice if the head cared about the game, rather then be best friend with a certain owner in Boston.

December 2, 2012  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The NHL is spending more time trying to discredit Fehr and ruin the PA then actual negotiate a contract. Why? Because it worked with Goodenow. Why? Because it worked with Kelly. This is why the league is run terribly. It would be nice if the head cared about the game, rather then be best friend with a certain owner in Boston.

I've said it from the beginning. In the NBA lockout, I sided with the owners. With the NHL, I'm siding with the players mostly because of the juvenile negotiating tactics practiced by Bettman. Three lockouts on one commissioner's watch should indicate to anybody a level of competence inadequate for such a critical position. You may hate Don Fehr, and from some of the posts, many do, but you need a guy like that to break the viscous cycle of Bettman's lockout strategy. Who needs another one five years from now? The game couldn't get any lower at the moment and it will take a long time to come back so what the heck, I'm fully prepared for a lost year or two. Maybe another league will surface to replace the pathetic NHL and provide employment for some of the good folks who are currently displaced.

December 2, 2012  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Please. I am sorry. Fehr is doing what is best for all the players. If they give in more now, then the NHL will lock them out in 5 more years and take more and more and more. Fehr has to stop the cycle that is showing as routine from GB and the likes of JJ. The NHL's strategy is to take as much as they can at all cost. Wether it is losing 40 games like in 94 or an entire season like last time. The NHL's strategy in these recent negotiations is to simply cancel games first then negotiate second. While the players now will never get this money back, the more they give in now, the less they will continue to get. It's easy for players like Hamerlik who has made many millions to complain, because they want there last million before they retire. They give in now and the next negotiation will be more of the same.This is a cycle that GB will continue to use until it is stopped. The players realize that, which is why they brought in Fehr. All the players realize they could have hired a push over, got as much as they could get before locking them out of games and call it a day. Then in 5 years rinse and repeat.

Ding Ding!!!

December 2, 2012  02:40 PM ET

Don Fehr: "I'd say that I only wish I were that good a negotiator ..... "

I'd say we all wish you were a negotiator ..... period!

 
December 2, 2012  03:29 PM ET

Centre Ice....you are spot ohn right in your comments #9 and #17.

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