Fehr maintains NHL, players were close to deal
TORONTO -- Union chief Donald Fehr is sticking to his story that a deal with the NHL to end the long lockout was close before talks suddenly broke off this week.
The NHL Players' Association executive director repeated earlier remarks that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league rejected the union's latest proposal and rescinded its own.
"My comments from a couple of days ago stand on their own. I think we were very close," Fehr told reporters Saturday ...
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