NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said the new six-page proposal he made to the league on Wednesday morning in New York was “about as good” as the players could do in an attempt to end the lockout.
It wasn’t good enough for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
“There was some movement in our direction and it was appreciated,” Bettman told reporters in New York Wednesday afternoon. “We’re still far apart. But hopefully there’s some momentum so we can bring this to a conclusion.”
The Canadian Press reported that the union proposed a 50-50 split of revenues during the five-year deal along with $393 million in deferred make whole payments throughout the agreement. Two weeks ago, the league offered $211 million and a 50-50 split.
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To read the NHLPA memo outlining the latest proposal, click here.
The Canadiens’ Brandon Prust tweeted after Bettman rejected the proposal: “Gary bettman’s autobiography is in stores now. It’s titled ‘how I destroyed a sport and a nation'”
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Former Hab Roman Hamrlik expressed his frustration in an interview with Czech-publication Daily Sport:
“I am disgusted,” Hamrlik was translated as saying. “We have to push Fehr to the wall to get the deal. Time is against us. We lost 1/4 season, it is $425 million. Who will give it back to us? Mr. Fehr?
“There should be voting between players. Four questions – YES or NO – then count it. If half of players say let’s play, then they should sign new CBA. If there is no season he should leave and we will find someone new. Time is our enemy.”
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“(The players) are suffering right along with the fans,” Fehr told reporters in New York. “We made an enormous move in the owners direction to try and end it — at least as of today that hasn’t been successful.”
You can watch video of Fehr and Bettman addressing the media in New York by clicking here.
No further meetings have been scheduled and Thursday marks the beginning of the long U.S. Thanksgiving weekend.
Below is video of a recent interview Wayne Gretzky did with NBC about the lockout:
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