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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