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Close But Not Fehr

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When Bettman and sidekick Bill “The Hill” Daly mounted the stage of a Midtown hotel conference room on Thursday night, it was truly Theatre of the Absurd. Within an hour of Fehr having stood in the same spot with the audacity to express hope that a deal should be near, the tandem from Sixth Avenue threw a tantrum in which they basically shouted: “Who are you going to believe, us or your lying eyes?”

Because anyone and everyone who can read can indeed see for themselves: The sides are thread-the-needle close to a deal. The league wants a 10-year CBA with an eight-year out clause. The union wants an eight-year CBA with a six-year out clause. The league wants five-year contract limits with seven-year limits for teams to sign their own players. The union wants eight-year limits to apply across the board.

That’s about it. A couple of split-the-difference items plus the issue of amnesty buyouts that arises because of what will be a steep drop in the cap for 2013-14 and because absent such a transition, there will be nearly 10 teams without the means to create cap space to complete their rosters.

This is what the league angrily stalked away from? Yes, this is what the league angrily stalked away from, on cue, as choreographed.

The owners and Bettman walked away from the deal because they do not want to complete a deal with Fehr. They want him removed from the equation. That has become their primary mission, a priority greater than negotiating a CBA and saving the 2012-13 season.

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If Mr. Brookes grudges didn’t always leak into his stories I would find him more credible.

His disgraceful hatchet jobs on John Tortorella are a prime example.  I’m sure his personal dislike of Bettman, or some owner, caused by some real or imagined slight is coloring his reporting of the current lockout. 

Both sides are disgusting and shoulder all the blame. 

They look like two groups fighting over the last lifeboat on the Titanic.  Look around you guys, your sport is sinking.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/09/12 at 05:37 PM ET

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His disgraceful hatchet jobs on John Tortorella are a prime example.

I actually think these two really do have a love-hate relationship and both can give as well as get. Brooks has had plenty of off season stories with Tortorella that I think what annoys Tortorella most is that they are both so similar…. and Brooks is a toad.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/10/12 at 02:50 PM ET

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