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Fehr At His Best

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

With the lockout on the verge of entering its third month, the Fehr Factor has entered negotiations in a big way. That much has become crystal clear with the NHL’s rising level of frustration in recent days. Negotiating with someone as intelligent and canny as Donald Fehr is difficult at the best of times. The NHL is finding out that when it comes to tactics, one of Fehr’s is to push the buttons of the guys on the other side of the table.

What the league is seeing is Fehr at his absolute best. Several times, he has delayed bargaining sessions with the league. He will occasionally “forget” his notes and get up and leave the table in the middle of an important discussion. This might give him the aura of an absent-minded professor, but chances are it’s all an orchestrated effort designed to frustrate. And by all accounts, it has been a smashing success of late.

And who can blame Fehr for doing that at this point? Are Fehr’s negotiating tactics any more counterproductive to the process than the NHL opening talks with an initial offer that could only be described as laughable? Is it any worse than taking a quick look at a counterproposal and summarily dismissing it within 10 minutes, the way the NHL did in mid-October when the two sides seemed to be gaining some traction?

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Bettman has met his match.  This will probably lead to a better more sustaining CBA.

Posted by 13 user names on 11/12/12 at 04:44 PM ET

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re Fehr’s negotiating tactics any more counterproductive to the process than the NHL opening talks with an initial offer that could only be described as laughable?

These delay tactics which the PA has used from day one are obvious. They know they can’t win on the merits, there only chance is to bleed the league enough, or make the PR price so high that they reduce their demands. Only problem is Fehr isn’t dealing with the MLB, he is dealing with Bettman.  Whether you like him or not, Bettman rarely if ever loses. So far he is winning: He has gotten them to 50%, which was only possible with the “insulting” original offer to back the players off of their demands. If he gets limits on contract length/back ending and gives up minimal amounts to revenue sharing, it will be a grand slam for Bettman and the hardline NHL owners!

Posted by timbits on 11/12/12 at 05:07 PM ET

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Fehr is about Fehr & he is going to lose… just a ? of when Now or Next season.

& the Liberal union Lackeys can stop blowing Fehr anytime, I understand that writing about financial issues exposes them for the clueless Monkeys they are but still

Posted by Evilpens on 11/12/12 at 05:43 PM ET

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Only problem is Fehr isn’t dealing with the MLB, he is dealing with Bettman.

I don’t think this has much to do with Bettman per se.  The difference now for Fehr is that he’s leading the PA in a sport where there isn;t any big financial incentive to play for a whole bunch of teams.  In MLB there was.  The teams that spent a lot made a bunch of money and the teams that spent very little made a bunch of money.

The owners in MLB would flip out if they didn’t have those baseball profits on time.

In the NHL… not so much.  When 15ish teams are losing money on hockey ops outright every year… well, not losing money is just the same as making it, relative to 0.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/12/12 at 05:57 PM ET

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