How much of this lockout is to blame on the players and the owners? I have been back and forth on which side of the negotiating table that I want to align myself with, but with the recent word coming from the negotiating table – I think I don’t want to fault the NHL owners or players, but the target of my angst going forward is going to be Donald Fehr.
I might be late to the party on this, but with news coming out that players are headed to New York to get their union boss back to the negotiating table – it sounds like there are not many happy people with the services of Donald Fehr.
I don’t fault the NHLPA for bringing in a heavy hitter to do their negotiating, the players really took a solid hit from the league the last time around. Fehr might be negotiating himself out of a job though. Players want to play, and it looks like they are willing to concede on the 50/50 issue.
How much of the fact that we still don’t have hockey is Fehr’s fault? I think all of it. Granted, he has a harder job. Gary Bettman and Bill Daly have 30 ownership groups or individuals to work with and to appease – and all have other revenue generating businesses to keep them going during the lockout. Fehr speaks for every player – and his people are for the most part, out of work.
For Fehr, a work stoppage means nothing – he doesn’t spend his nights perusing the internet, catching the latest Sidney Crosby updates, or wondering who won the New York/Philadelphia game. Donald Fehr could care less if Edmonton moves to Seattle, or who owns the Phoenix Coyotes. Donald Fehr does not like sports. Donald Fehr is not suffering because of the NHL Lockout. Players, owners, and fans are suffering because of the NHL lockout.
Donald Fehr – listen to your constiuents, sign a deal, and bring us hockey back by November 2nd.