In response to Chowdahkid-'s comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
In response to bogie6's comment:
Sorry SteveGM, the owners who took part are, as advertized in many commentaries, friendly toward the players, and more than a little interested in solving the problem. They "thought" they had reached an agreement, particularly on three specific issues, which, they were told, by the players in attendance, were acceptable. The players were taking this tentative agreement back to the NHLPA [ meaning Fehr] for legal [ meaning all players] to approve and proceed. Obviously Fehr decided, once again, to squeeze the rock and incorporate his changes. The Owners, not Bettman except as a spokesman, withdrew their "positive" proposal. This is now all about Fehr's ego, and not the well being of 750 plus players.
Yes Chowda, I thought I would wait a while.
Of course they're interested in solving the problem. Don't you think many of the players are too? What's Fehr got to gain by taking this thing into infinity? Both sides are squeezing the rock....that's what happens in these kind of negotiations. Every time, in every business.
Your position that this is "all about" anyones ego, is clutching onto the absolute lowest common denominator...when you have of thousands of insightful articles at your disposal.
On the flip side, what does he lose by not ?
Easy. Ya can't be a great negotiater, if you don't complete the negotiation. Everything he's done to build a career and make a name for himself is down the drain if he can't orchestrate some kind of a decent deal for his players.