: News Article:
Donald Fehr accepts NHLPA position
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08-26-2010, 12:41 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
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From an NHLPA and player agent perspective, he's an excellent choice.
I think he is a horrible choice for the NHLPA. The NHL owners have already shown that they can remain in the fold until the players cave. The only reason Fehr was successful in MLB contract negotioations is that he knew the owners would eventually kill and eat their own. If Fehr comes into a negotiation with claws out he is going to do nothing but entrench and polarize both sides, making getting to a middle ground and a face-saving resolution more difficult.
The NHLPA would have been better off hiring a bright up and coming, unknown labor negotiator to be the point man and conduct the negotiating. The players should remain behind the scenes. Their not so private internal dissent did not help their cause during the last negotiations.
I can't see how players agents will also be served by another lost season. Their commission on European (non-KHL) paying contracts can't amount to very much.
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