NHL Lockout Takes Bizarre Turn as Owners Reject NHLPA Proposal

December 6th, 2012 by Tim Keeney Leave a reply »
Close, but no cigar.

It appeared as though the NHL lockout was coming to an end on Thursday night when Donald Fehr, the executive director for the NHL Players Association, put forth tremendous optimism about the deal they had in place (via the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi):

Fehr: "This should put us on the road to a quick end to this dispute."

— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) December 6, 2012  

But things quickly took a turn for the worse. From ESPN's Katie Strang:

#CBA Fehr informed media just now that deal was rejected via voicemail.

— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) December 7, 2012  

It was truly a strange turn of events over an extremely quick period of time. First a deal was all but done. Then, all of a sudden, it wasn't. A deal that seemed so optimal at one point was quickly deemed "not acceptable" by the owners. 

Now, once again, each side is calling the other out:

Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the NHL, had this to say about Fehr's actions on the night (via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News):

Bettman calls Fehr being optim ...

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