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Union head Donald Fehr driving NHL owners nuts over lockout

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr speaks to the media after a day of labour negotiations with...

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr speaks to the media after a day of labour negotiations with the NHL in New York, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2012. (LUCAS JACKSON/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

As the circling around a new NHL CBA continued in New York, is anybody else feeling like it’s time for the endgame?

There’s only so much indignation and finger-pointing you can take and, mercifully, today we’re another day closer to it coming to an end.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, perhaps as animated and passionate as we’ve seen him, said he doesn’t have a drop-dead date in mind after negotiations fell apart Thursday night.

Never has.

After the owners rejected the NHL Players’ Association’s latest counter-proposal, Bettman said his key date was Oct. 11, which would have been opening night had the season started on schedule.

D-Day for the season, which surely must be sometime in the next three weeks, can’t come soon enough.


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