Fehr says players waiting for NHL to resume talks

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2012 at 5:04 am •  Published: December 20, 2012
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"That seems like it might work if the owners are interested in it," Fehr said.

However, Daly indicated that doesn't hold much appeal to the NHL.

He created a stir earlier Wednesday when he made an appearance on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada Radio and was asked to give a yes or no answer on whether there would be an agreement in time to save the season.

Daly said, "Yes."

"That's good news," Fehr said in response. "I'm glad to hear that. I certainly hope he's right. That's the players' goal, that's what we want to try and do.

"Hopefully, we'll get back together and negotiate out the remaining issues as soon as possible."

The NHL has insisted on getting in at least a 48-game schedule — the same number it had after the 1994-95 lockout — which means an agreement will need to be reached by the middle of January. More than 500 regular-season games through Dec. 30 have already been wiped off the schedule and further cancellations are expected to be made by the end of the week.

Fehr is concerned about the damage being caused by hockey's fourth work stoppage in 20 years.

"Any time you are preventing the fans from watching the sport they dearly love, which provides the business that we're all involved in, that's not a good thing," Fehr said. "It needs to be ended as soon as possible. We certainly hope we can do that. We certainly want to tell the fans we're doing everything we can to do it.

"Hopefully it'll be over soon. That's what we're trying to do."



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