NEW YORK – It was theater, a tragicomedy, at a Times Square hotel a block off Broadway. First on stage was Don Fehr, with the players behind him like a chorus line. As the executive director of the NHL Players' Association told the audience how the union had given the NHL a "clear outline" to end the lockout – knowing full well the proposal had not met the owners' explicit conditions – his brother's iPhone rang.
NHLPA boss Don Fehr's first press conference was quickly followed by a second one. (Reuters)Steve Fehr, the NHLPA's special counsel, tried to answer but had to let it go to voicemail. He checked it after the uplifting press conference, as the players gave hopeful interviews to reporters, and heard the news: the owners not only had rejected the players' proposal, but had pulled key lements of their own proposal off the table.Surprised?"No comment," Steve Fehr said.
"Obviously, you'd like to make a deal," he said with a laugh. "But this is a very up-and-down process."
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