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NHL Talks Rush From Silly to Surreal

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The explosion took several strange and electric minutes, almost in slow motion. After two days of bargaining and several offers and counter-offers, National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Don Fehr addressed the media and expressed significant optimism, all but saying that the major components of a new collective bargaining agreement with the league had been agreed to, and that while it was not done, they were in terrific shape. Dollars, pension, the big issues. If you were listening, you had to think a season was imminent.

But as Fehr spoke, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly called his counterpart Steve Fehr’s cell phone and, finding nobody to answer, left a voice mail informing the players that their offer was not...

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