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Statements from Don Fehr (and Carp)

Posted By Carp On November 2, 2012 @ 8:24 pm In Hockey,Lockout,New York Rangers,NHL | 67 Comments

NHLPA STATEMENT FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DON FEHR

TORONTO (November 2, 2012) – Don Fehr, National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director, today released the following statement:

“The NHL’s decision to cancel the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is unnecessary and unfortunate, as was the owners’ implementation of the lockout itself. The fact that the season has not started is a result of a unilateral decision by the owners; the players have always been ready to play while continuing to negotiate in good faith. We look forward to the league’s return to the bargaining table, so that the parties can find a way to end the lockout at the earliest possible date, and get the game back on the ice for the fans.”

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(Editorial note from the author, who has spent 99 percent of the time since Monday morning without internet access, not to mention electricity, phone or internet, plus with a bad cell phone signal. Not complaining—actually any of the millions in my boat should consider ourselves lucky compared to those who really lost much more):

Don Fehr, much as I agree that this lockout was designed by the owners and mostly the fault of said owners and the Lockout Commissioner, should shut the ef up.

This line that the players have always been ready to play while continuing to negotiate is such a pile of bullcrap. You’d have to be pretty naive or stupid to believe that is anything but a PR stunt, to get people to take sides. There is no chance in hell that an agreement could have possibly been reached without the lockout, if an agreement obviously can’t be reached with a lockout. So shut the ef up.

And get back to the table.

 


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