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10-20-2012, 07:39 AM
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QMI: Did Gary Bettman tell you the last offer Tuesday was take-it-or-leave-it?

FEHR: "All I can tell you is that my sense in the meeting (Thursday): They reviewed our proposals. It took them 12 or 15 minutes, said they rejected them, said their offer on Tuesday was their very best offer and that outside of what he called 'minor tweaks' that was it. He said this in front of 19 players. When I said, 'So, a tweak means something small and insubstantial' or words to that effect, he said 'Yes.' That's sort of the way it ends. Except Gary said at the end of the meeting if the players were prepared to accept their offer in its entirety, minor tweaks, I could call him about the 'make whole' provision which has players paying players for the reduced salaries in the first two years. I just have to go on the basis of what I heard."

Bettman said on September 13 the NHL had made their offer and the PA had until the 15th to accept it. If they didn't accept it,the offers would get worse. Stern said the same thing last fall. Things were not looking good. All of a sudden,the owners and PA met on Black Friday and a CBA was hammered out after a marathon negotiating session. The NHL's offer improved.

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