Fehr: If sides settle money issues, a deal could be done in “six hours”

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The NHL provided its response to another inconclusive day of CBA talks, so NHLPA head Steve Fehr answered back.

If you were expecting something uplifting on the night when the regular season was supposed to begin, you’re out of luck.

Instead, Fehr told Renaud P. Lavoie how easily a new deal could come together if that whole “money” thing wasn’t a problem.

“We can resolve all the other issues in 6 hours if we got a deal on the major issues,” Fehr said.

That would be a promising comment if it weren’t for the fact that there’s no sign either side will budge on pivotal economic issues.

At this point, both the NHL and NHLPA are claiming that the other side isn’t willing to compromise on the latest proposals and counter-proposals.

There aren’t any additional meetings planned either, so instead, the two sides seem satisfied playing PR volley ball.

(Or Ping Pong.)

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