Fehr says NHL, union were 'very close' to deal

Fehr says NHL, union were 'very close' to deal
December 8, 2012, 3:45 pm
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Ron Hainsey, Sidney Crosby and others said that whatever deal is finalized, Fehr will be the one sitting at the table.

Tim Panaccio

Donald Fehr delivered a speech to Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) in Toronto on Saturday afternoon, yet it was clear its message was intended for the ears of the NHL owners.
Trust your membership. Stay focused and patient. Keep the lines of communication open to all.
And most importantly, understand what rights you won as hockey players because of athletes similar to yourself taking on Major League Baseball decades ago.
It was the executive director of the NHLPA's way of telling NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the 30 owners that his group wasn’t intimidated by Thursday’s colossal fiasco in New York City when CBA talks broke down.
And that it won’t be pressured into making a deal its membership isn’t comfortable with.