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The Pendulum Swings Again With Donald Fehr

from Jeff Marek of CBC,

And once again, the pendulum has swung back from the middle ground of a Paul Kelly (whose philosophies nestled nicely between the “take-no-prisoners” attitude of Bob Goodenow to the “take-whatever-you-need” vibe of Ted Saskin) to more of a hardliner in Fehr.

It should come to nobody’s surprise that both Fehr and Goodenow have a relationship that stretches back many years and are both cut from the same “scrap over every issue” cloth.

The timing is interesting, on the heels of a major Players’ Association loss at the gavel of arbitrator Richard Bloch, who ruled Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils a circumvention of the salary cap and the further disclosure that the NHL is investing other deals of a similar variety.

Many within the PA feel this was the league flexing its muscles at a time when the players were without any sort of leadership to mount any substantial challenge.

Make no mistake, these are fights that Fehr craves and thrives on.


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Nathan's avatar

Another good nugget from this…

At the Bettman question and answer session, I asked the commissioner whether he considered the Cristobal Huet transfer to a Swiss club — and the subsequent eradication of his near $6 million US cap hit from the books — to be a circumvention of the salary cap? To which Bettman responded that this is not circumvention but rather “cap maintenance” which every team has the right to do.

Bettman added these types of transfers are something that should be looked at closer. I’m not sure I buy this line of logic. Wasn’t New Jersey simply exercising “cap management” when putting together a very creative contract for Kovalchuk?


Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/26/10 at 10:22 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar


Thanks Gary. Ass.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 08/26/10 at 11:23 AM ET

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