Will NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman be receptive to Donald Fehr's negotiation tactics? My gut is fearful. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Is The Salary Cap About To Be Back On The Negotiation Table?

If this goes on for an extended period of time, I don’t know what they (the players) are going to do. But I think it’s safe to say, they would be exploring all options

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, from thestar.com (09 October 2012)

“Exploring all options” is a good line.

Just when you thought this couldn’t get any better.  Earlier today, Donald Fehr went all-in with the salary cap move. It could end up being a make-or-break moment in an attempt to save NHL hockey in 2012-13.  It’s a move that’s designed to put pressure on the owners by saying that the NHLPA is willing to take a hard-line stance if the owners don’t make some concessions to help save the season.

This could be the deal that helps save the season.  If the owners feel pressured by Fehr’s statments, there’s a chance they could meet the players in the middle somewhere.

There’s also a chance that this sort of rhetoric could rile up the owners, causing them to dig their heels in even harder.


It’s a bit ballsy, but I like this move. Will it end up costing this year’s games in total? Maybe. It’s not like anyone is getting anywhere with the meetings that are taking place at the moment.

What do you think? Is Don Fehr getting too big for his britches? Or, do you think it’s a smart and calculated attempt at getting closer to the negotiation table?

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  • Dman09

    Thats going to piss the owners off and there goes the season. I’m sorry I don’t believe the players have the right to ask for more of anything considering what they already have and make.

    • Jeff Chapman

      It’s surely going to rile some folks up. I don’t think the players are asking for anything more than they were in May, which is to have their salaries paid as they were given.

      Why would the league cram half a dozen contract signings in on September 14th? Posture?

  • @heavyoilcountry

    If the NHLPA goes this route, I would expect the NHL to announce replacement players with the suggestion of a significantly lowered salary cap

    • Jeff Chapman

      They may. While they’re at it, they can announce 90% off ticket prices.

  • John

    Really? good idea? Hey, so the whole argument for the last 9 months is over percent of salary cap they will share, but lets threaten to get rid of it. The thing that caused us to miss a season. The thing that without a doubt the owners would hold out for ten years if they had to. Yep, genius. The owners should just say they want 75% of the salarys cut. That would be a great starting point for negotiation. That wouldn’t piss anybody off at all. In fact it would be ballsy, it would force the players to think about it, in fact I like this move. Get real, worst article/opinion I have read on this website.

    PS I check this website daily, and usually appreciate how you point out both sides of the argument. Its a well educated and well written site. But that threat is the dumbest I have heard so far. It will only hurt. It reminds me of Katz threatening to move the oilers.

    • Jeff Chapman

      Except Katz would never move the Oilers. The chances of Fehr putting
      the cap back on the table are much, much larger than Katz pulling the

      If this were May 2012, I agree, this would be a dumb move.
      But we’re slashing games from the season, and NOTHING is getting done.

      And doing nothing is the worst thing.