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NHL attempting to undermine Donald Fehr?

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09:41 AM ET 12.09 | Do NOT mistake this recess in bargaining orchestrated by the NHL after the league's third outright walkaway from talks in the last two months as anything other than what it is intended by the owners and the suits on Sixth Avenue. For this is not a "cooling off" period. Anything but. This, rather, is a scripted gap meant to whip up dissent within the NHLPA rank-and-file and turn up the heat on Don Fehr. The league has become fixated on Fehr as its target just as it was fixated on Bob Goodenow eight years ago. It was hysterical on Thursday to hear Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman bemoan that he hadn't had time to develop a working relationship with the current union leader when the NHL itself had fomented the treachery within the PA that led directly to the end of Goodenow's reign and indirectly to the chaos and instability that followed. A week ago we reported and exposed the fib that had been circulating throughout the Board of Governors that Fehr would receive an $8 million payout if the union ratified a CBA against his recommendation. Now, we can report and expose another canard that reflects the league's paranoia about sitting down at the table with Fehr: Owners and management representatives have been told that Fehr never actually negotiated a CBA with Major League Baseball and that the players pushed him aside in order to complete deals in 2002 and 2006. This is utter nonsense. But a slur such as this fuels belief around the league that Fehr, like Goodenow before him, simply cannot be dealt with. It deflects criticism from Bettman and ownership to deliver a product to its customers.

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December 9, 2012  09:46 AM ET



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December 9, 2012  09:48 AM ET

I miss Rollerball...........uh...I mean the NHL.

December 9, 2012  09:55 AM ET

It will be amazing to see if this train wreck of a league can even draw advertisers in the future. I guess when you've hit rock bottom, there's always the NHL............oops, sorry they're locked out, call later!

December 9, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It will be amazing to see if this train wreck of a league can even draw advertisers in the future. I guess when you've hit rock bottom, there's always the NHL............oops, sorry they're locked out, call later!

Another lost season. Fans and sponsers alike would rethink supporting a league that doesn't care about its image.

December 9, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

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or maybe this....

December 9, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Well coffee's kicked in, gotta go take a bettman!

December 9, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

or maybe this....

LOL He does resemble the Count. Is there an n in count?

December 9, 2012  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

LOL He does resemble the Count. Is there an n in count?

You could drop the "o" and it still fits.

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December 9, 2012  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You could drop the "o" and it still fits.

Man you can see how off I am today, wow

December 9, 2012  10:48 AM ET

Maybe the league could spend less time figuring out how to attack Don Fehr and more time on NEGOTIATING A NEW FRIGGIN DEAL!!!

December 9, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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Man you can see how off I am today, wow

I saw that in your e-mail addressed to Hank. lol

Tough night?

December 9, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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Maybe the league could spend less time figuring out how to attack Don Fehr and more time on NEGOTIATING A NEW FRIGGIN DEAL!!!

Lawyers simply do not make good negotiators.

December 9, 2012  11:01 AM ET
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Lawyers simply do not make good negotiators.

But they make great anchors.....

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December 9, 2012  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I saw that in your e-mail addressed to Hank. lolTough night?

Still a little under the weather I'm thinking.

December 9, 2012  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

They've offered a fair deal, Fehr should put it to a vote so we can watch some NHL hockey.

Fehr should DO a lot of things...one of them is to light himself on fire and **** the hell off.

December 9, 2012  04:03 PM ET

QUOTE(#3):Originally posted 09:55 AM ET 12.09 by Center Ice
It will be amazing to see if this train wreck of a league can even draw advertisers in the future. I guess when you've hit rock bottom, there's always the NHL............oops, sorry they're locked out, call later!

Once again you've made a good point..

December 9, 2012  04:04 PM ET

QUOTE(#11):Originally posted 10:48 AM ET 12.09 by Otis B. Driftwood
Maybe the league could spend less time figuring out how to attack Don Fehr and more time on NEGOTIATING A NEW FRIGGIN DEAL!!!

Agree.

 
December 9, 2012  04:05 PM ET

QUOTE(#15):Originally posted 11:42 AM ET 12.09 by Kill Don Fehr
They've offered a fair deal, Fehr should put it to a vote so we can watch some NHL hockey.


Not sure how many negotitating actually think that.

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