WINNIPEG - Ron Hainsey was among those left shaking his head after what many are calling the most bizarre day of the NHL lockout.
Late Thursday afternoon, the Winnipeg Jets team representative and member of the NHLPA bargaining committee was flanking executive director Don Fehr and believing the end of this ordeal might actually be near.
Roughly an hour later, he was standing at the back of the room when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman countered by telling reporters that the deal was never close and announced the league was pulling everything that was brought forth in negotiations this week right off the table.
“Yeah, there’s a little confusion about what took place,” Hainsey said Thursday night in a telephone interview from New York City. “The response (by the NHL) was very strange. I really don’t know what to think. It’s kind of perplexing."