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Don't Blame Scrappy Fehr for NHL Mess

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The owners, who got practically everything they wanted the last time they blew off a season, once again are asking the players to bail them out because (a) they were stupid in the way they sited their franchises, and (b) some of them were stupid enough to offer deals so long that the contracts will reach puberty before they expire. If part of the strategy was convincing the world that the NHL management's side was not made up entirely of greedy morons, this past fortnight has not been a ringing endorsement of that proposition.

But, luckily, there was a villain to be fashioned to satisfy all the groundlings in Boston, and New York, and Edmonton, and Montreal, and to keep the show going through the next few weeks. It's time, once again, to blame Donald Fehr for...

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