Via the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle: the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford had a very intriguing conversation with St. Louis Blues captain David Backes regarding the meetings that went weird in NYC this week, and Backes offered the following take on what happened when the Donald Fehr entered the proceedings:
While the league may not be “scared” of the union leader, owners are certainly fearful of the path on which he’s leading players. That’s why after two successful days of negotiations with Bettman and Fehr out of the room, owners told players that Fehr’s inclusion Thursday would be a deal-breaker.
“That was very confusing to a lot of the guys,” Backes said. “Don and (assistant director Steve Fehr), they are the people we chose to represent us. We’re not well-educated businessmen; we’re hockey players. We expressed our views, had some phenomenal discussions with the owners. But we’re not billion-dollar businessmen that cut deals in boardrooms all the time. That’s