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NHL Lockout 2012: NHLPA Head Donald Fehr Does Not 'See Path for Agreement'

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Don Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association meets with the media at Marriott Marquis Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIINovember 11, 2012

The 2012 NHL lockout has left fans in disgust. More disappointing news came on Sunday from ESPN's Katie Strang. According to her article, the NHLPA and NHL met briefly Sunday "in a failed attempt to tackle player contracting issues, leaving little hope a labor deal will be reached soon."

Strang also tweeted this:

#CBA Given NHL's stance on contracting issues, Fehr said he doesn't currently "see a path to an agreement"

— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) November 11, 2012

The league most recently offered a full proposal to the NHLPA on October 18 in an attempt to salvage a full season. While fans were hopeful they would finally get to see their guys back on the ice, they learned that the NHLPA was not too fond of the offer.

According to Strang's article, Donald Fehr and the NHLPA didn't agree with the NHL owners' stance on long-term contract limits, rules to avoid back-diving contracts, salary arbitration and a ridiculous statement that said players had to be at least 28 years of age or have at least eight professional years of experience before becoming unrestricted free agents.

Strang also stated that the NHLPA has "requested that talks shift to Toronto."

We don't know when the next meeting between the two sides is going to be held, but hopefully Donald Fehr can give us a little more optimism that we will see the best show on ice again this year.

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