Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 10/1/14
TORONTO (AP) -- Union chief Donald Fehr is sticking to his story that a deal with the NHL to end the four-month 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that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league rejected the union's latest proposal and rescinded its own.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 after addressing a Canadian Auto Workers council meeting. Fehr's comments run contrary to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who said angrily Thursday he didn't think the owners and players were close to a deal and didn't know why Fehr claimed otherwise. Fehr said he hasn't spoken directly with Bettman or deputy commissioner Bill Daly since talks crumbled, adding there has been some minor chatter between the sides, but that no future meetings have been schedu...
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