Fehr says deal was close with NHL

2012 nhl lockout news rumors donald fehr

TORONTO (AP) - Union chief Donald Fehr is sticking to his belief that the NHL and the players' association were close to a deal before talks broke off Thursday night.

View 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Odds

Fehr repeated his stance Saturday during a speech to the Canadian Auto Workers union. He then told reporters he thought the owners and players were ``very close'' to agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman angrily disputed the claim on Thursday night.

Fehr says he hasn't spoken directly with NHL representatives, and that no talks are scheduled. He adds that negotiations are further ahead than a week ago, even after the collapse of talks.

The union executive director also says there is a tentative agreement on a pension plan, to be funded by the players, but other key issues, including salaries and contract lengths, are farther away from being settled.

Bet 2013 Stanley Cup Odds

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Penguins vs. Bruins Pick Can the Boston Bruins pick up a big win at home when they host the Pittsburgh...
Thumbnail Blackhawks vs. Lightning Pick Who has the edge when the Tampa Bay Lightning play host to the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at...
Thumbnail Canadiens vs. Stars Pick Are the Dallas Stars going to take care of business on their home ice versus the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 8:30PM...
Thumbnail Oilers vs. Blues Pick Are the Edmonton Oilers going to upset the host St. Louis Blues tonight at 8PM...

NHL Headlines

NHL Team Pages