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12-06-2012, 09:11 PM
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Owner's statements from the small negotating group:

Of note from Tanenbaum:

I understand how important it is to have a strong league and 30 healthy teams. I must admit that I was shocked at how things have played out over the last 48 hours. The sessions on Tuesday felt cooperative with an air of goodwill. I was optimistic and conveyed my optimism to the Board of Governors at our Wednesday meeting. However, when we reconvened with the players on Wednesday afternoon, it was like someone had thrown a switch. The atmosphere had completely changed. Nevertheless, the owners tried to push forward and made a number of concessions and proposals, which were not well-received. I question whether the union is interested in making an agreement.

I am very disappointed and disillusioned. Had I not experienced this process myself, I might not have believed it. Like all hockey fans, I am hopeful this situation can be resolved as soon as possible. I miss our game."
That's got Fehr's fingerprints all over it. I might dismiss this as owner's rhetoric except for the stunt he pulled at the press conference today where they "just happened" to get a voicemail from the owners in the middle of the presser. If Fehr though they were so close why did the PA request mediation again earlier in the day? It's just a silly useless PR stunt. I'm done arguing for the players at all. Guys like Ryan Miller have to look at this guy after what happened today and realize that he's a buffoon. He's embarrassing the players.

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