TORONTO - Within days of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama urging the battling sides in the NHL labour standoff to come to an agreement, NHLPA head Donald Fehr claims the union's door remains open to negotiate.
But does the league really want to?
That was the take delivered during a radio interview on Sportnet The Fan 590 Wednesday morning by Fehr, who admits that the league and sport is being damaged every day NHL arenas remain dark.
"We're ready to talk today, tomorrow, whenever ... (But) if (the owners) are perfectly content not to have hockey, there's not much we can do," Fehr said.
"They've given us a lot of 'take its and leave its' ... and they know that on substance we're not that far apart," he added.