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08:21 AM ET 12.13 | To what extent is Donald Fehr willing to cut a deal? Most around the game still believe a season will be salvaged. But here's what keeps some on the NHL side up at night, and I wonder if it keeps some players up too. Let's call it the Scenario That Keeps People Up at Night: Basically, it goes like this: Donald Fehr maybe doesn't want a deal, maybe has no intention of doing a deal for this year. "We think he probably has a clause where he can't be fired by the PA, or if he does, he gets a gigantic balloon payment. So, what's the downside for him for a season being cancelled?" said [a league exec]. ... "Either way, he still gets his money. He still gets to keep his reputation as the baddest [man] in labor negotiations and the sport dies."

The Denver Post

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December 13, 2012  08:49 AM ET

He still gets to keep his reputation as the baddest [man] in labor negotiations and the sport dies.


The sport won't die in my neighbourhood, but it has no business even being in a few others around North America.

December 13, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The sport won't die in my neighbourhood, but it has no business even being in a few others around North America.

Thats not a very nice thing to say about Toronto so early in the morning.

December 13, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thats not a very nice thing to say about Toronto so early in the morning.

hahahahaha

The sport actually died there years ago Drysdale. The businessmen just have it propped up like Ned in front of Greely's.

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December 13, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Or the headline can read:
Bettman decides to end lockout. Because after all, it is a lockout

December 13, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Or the headline can read:
Bettman decides to end lockout. Because after all, it is a lockout

Or we could discover "Season" is the Butt-plug's middle name.

December 13, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Fehr stars this year in Santaland Diaries as Crumpet the Elf....Bettman.."I'm going to have you fired!!!!!!!!!!!"...Fehr, uh, Crumpet the Elf.."I'm going to have you killed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

December 13, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thats not a very nice thing to say about Toronto so early in the morning.

Clever!

Although you might not think it, when the 'Canes moved to Raleigh (well Greensboro initially) , there was already a pretty good youth thing going, with them here now, that's gone from strength to strength, lockout or not.

December 13, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Funny.

Toronto gets the last laugh though -- they make the most money and is home to the HOF. On a serious note, I hope Toronto mgmt pulls their heads out of their -- $$$ and becomes competitive again.

December 13, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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hahahahahaThe sport actually died there years ago Drysdale. The businessmen just have it propped up like Ned in front of Greely's.

Thanks for providing my morning chuckle

December 13, 2012  09:38 AM ET

What reputation?

December 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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To***to gets the last laugh though -- they make the most money and is home to the HOF. On a serious note, I hope Toronto mgmt pulls their heads out of their -- $$$ and becomes competitive again.

You do realize Burkie is still there, right? And there's Burkie's clone Nonis too.

December 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET

So its Fehr's fault now is it? It takes two to make an impasse. I think Bettman is also intent on sinking the season just to be able to say that he stood up to Fehr. This is the same playground attitude that is going on in the US Congress now.

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December 13, 2012  09:48 AM ET

funny thing, that headline could just as easily had Dwarfus' name in it and been correct

December 13, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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What reputation?

that of a hard headed jerk?

December 13, 2012  09:49 AM ET

My biggest problem with Fehr is he wont take a vote among the players for specific proposals by the NHL. I guarantee right now if the players voted for the NHL's current proposal it would pass and we would be playing right now. What Fehr does (like most unions) is put pressure on players so they keep sillent because they don't want to look like they are 'crossing the picket line.'

Now my problem with Bettman is he was able to pass a rule by the owners in 1993 that he only needs 8 votes to pass or reject any union proposal. So essentially 22 owners have no say in this CBA discussion and 8 owners (7 owners and the NHL owns the Coyotes) are going to decide whether we have a season or not.

December 13, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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"Basically, it goes like this: Donald Fehr maybe doesn't want a deal"No kidding.

well, he has such a willing partner with Bettman

December 13, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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well, he has such a willing partner with Bettman

Let's play a game. Which person did the following. Fehr or Bettman

Has been part of 2,224 games cancelled

Will have been part of more cancelled games than 9 franchises have played regular season games

Has cancelled 10.2% of all regular season games (1 in 9.8)

Has cancelled 16.9% of all regular season games (1 in 5.9)

 
December 13, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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Let's play a game. Which person did the following. Fehr or BettmanHas been part of 2,224 games cancelledWill have been part of more cancelled games than 9 franchises have played regular season gamesHas cancelled 10.2% of all regular season games (1 in 9.8)Has cancelled 16.9% of all regular season games (1 in 5.9)

Sorry last two was since 1994. then since 2004

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