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NHL Lockout 2012: Donald Fehr speaks in Atlantic City

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr updated reporters on Saturday night about the state of the NHL lockout and CBA negotiations. Click here to listen to what he had to say about two hours before the Operation Hat Trick charity game.

Some snippets of his conversation in the lobby of Caesars can be found here:

“Obviously when you have a lot of players at an event like this, which is a great thing to do, I want to take advantage if the guys wanted to, to come down to bring everybody up to date to discuss the situation and make sure that we get everybody’s questions answers and all the rest of it. And then what the guys will do, obviously, is talk to their friends and talk to their teammates. That’s basically what we were doing today. Ended it by encouraging everybody to come to negotiating meetings when they resume. That’s basically where we are. I don’t have a lot else to say.”

On state of talks:

“There are no further meetings scheduled as of today. There was telephone conversation [Friday] and I think there may be [Sunday] or Monday morning at the latest again. But there are no meetings scheduled as of now.”

On possibility of amnesty being part of new CBA:

“Oh, a compliance buyout? The short answer is that we have not gotten an agreement, so we haven’t talked about transition rules. Everybody understands that if an agreement is going to be reached, you’re going to have to have transition rules and I’m certain at that point things like that will be discussed, but it hasn’t been yet.”

On what he would consider progress:

“We’ve been telling the NHL staff, players, everybody for a very long time that the player contracting rights are vital on the players’ side. So far we don’t have a recognition of that from them.”

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