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11-15-2012, 04:07 PM
The Zetterberg Era
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
Fehr's job is to protect the interests of his constituency. If they accept the cap, the cap will remain.

If they want to protect their UFA status and ability to negotiate contracts without additional caps on term or dollar (in addition to the overall cap and individual cap), then that's what he's going to try to protect.
He also advises and steers their positions. He cannot do it without getting them to go along, but Fehr is a very persuasive guy.

Kind of like how he spent months railing against low projections on the NHL's potential growth models. Then when the make whole went off those numbers suddenly that wasn't good enough either. What happened to the 7% or higher numbers he was certain to throw around. I know he said it was about more than that but that is just an example of how he can spin things to the players. Now if Parros got on the call and said Fehr has lost it, he has a problem. But the distrust in Bettman allows him a lot of wiggle room in my opinion. They want to believe anything that comes out of Fehr's mouth, especially over Bettman and really that is earned whether you are in the pro player, pro owner, or just flat out angry in the middle crowd.

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