One thing that i hear a lot is that Bettman doesnt give a sh!t about hockey and that its all about the money... well yes... but Fehr doesnt give a sh!t about hockey either... he was brought in to negotiate a deal and thats it, the guy just want to win and won't bend at all.
Yeah it's odd though, he's given the vibe that he doesn't care about the lockout at all really. It's as if Fehr's strategy is to be aloof and pretend like reaching a CBA agreement isn't really a big deal. The last three proposals they made were seemingly hastily put together and he did a bad job communicating them with the media. Fehr's not playing these games like the NHL has been. His strategy being I guess based on the tenet that "Whoever wants the deal more loses in negotiation."
This strategy seems silly to me given that the NHL owners cut the player's checks, they know how short their careers are. They know that the players very livelihoods are at stake. Whereas for the owners, just one of their many business ventures is at stake. Why would they be fooled by this attitude that the NHLPA doesn't really care about reaching a CBA agreement? Seems like a gambit to me that won't work, but we'll see when the owners make their final push for an agreement, probably within a month or two.
Edited by halfsharkalligatorhalfman, 02 November 2012 - 03:46 PM.