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Time To Get A Deal Done

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHLPA decided Friday to keep the results of the vote an internal matter, but several players confirmed to ESPN.com that the membership delivered a resounding "Yes" in giving the executive board the authorization to file a disclaimer of interest before Jan. 2 (they needed two-thirds majority).

Which should surprise no one given that every player quoted in the past week predicted as much.

"What would it say about us if we didn’t vote yes," said one player.

A "No" vote, frankly, would show weakness in the union ranks. A "Yes" vote shows continued solidarity, while at the same time not necessarily meaning the NHLPA will actually go ahead and file the motion.

The prevailing wisdom from the players we talked to is that the NHLPA would wait until the last possible moment before Jan. 2 before deciding whether or not to file the disclaimer, although that’s not a certainty. In fact, if talks with the NHL don’t show any traction next week (we’re assuming they will meet), then I wouldn’t be surprised if the NHLPA filed earlier than Jan. 2.

But for now, the thought is that the focus between now and then should be on trying to once and for all hammer out a deal with the NHL. In other words, the threat of the disclaimer hopefully will produce movement, just like it did in the NBA last year. 

And my guess is, the NHLPA will relay that exact message to the NHL: Its board has the hammer, but the focus right now is on getting back together and getting a deal done. 

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added 7:10pm,


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

You want overwhelming? 706 players voted yes, 22 voted no

Looks like trying to discredit Fehr has been time well-spent.  rolleyes

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/21/12 at 10:55 PM ET


Jim Jones had solidarity too…

Posted by Jack McFly on 12/22/12 at 12:11 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Jim Jones had solidarity too…

Posted by Jack McFly on 12/22/12 at 11:11 AM ET


Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/22/12 at 01:11 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

So did Gary Bettman…

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/22/12 at 03:00 PM ET


As long as it sounds cool it doesn’t have to make sense I guess.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 12/22/12 at 12:48 PM ET

Guess it doesn’t make sense because you say so. 

Apply it to the owners too if it makes you feel better.  I really don’t care who ends up with a bigger piece of the pie.  Why does any one on here??  They are all looking out for their own interests (certainly not ours) but at what cost? 

It appears to me that the players will end up with the short end of the stick.  To me, they are blindly following Fehr but what is their end game?  I just don’t see how the players end up ahead when it’s all said and done.

I enjoy watching NHL hockey.  That’s it.

Posted by Jack McFly on 12/22/12 at 03:10 PM ET


I think the funny part of this will be the interviews in three or four years when players start saying ‘good God, what the bleep were we thinking’ when they mention this lockout… sort of like the guys who have retired have said about the last season lost.

There will be a whole new crop of guys saying:

““In hindsight, it wasn’t worth it,”


“It’s money you feel you never get back. At some point, we were sold a bill of goods,” he said. “Everybody was buying it. Everybody thought, ‘Let’s not let each other down. Let’s do it for the future of the game. Blah, blah, blah.’ You’re only in the game so long.”

Then again, that’s why these players are players and not financial moguls.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/22/12 at 05:31 PM ET

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