Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

NHL players begin voting on labor deal

NEW YORK — The players began voting on the collective bargaining agreement Thursday night and have 36 hours, until 8 a.m. Saturday, to cast their ballot on the deal that would end the four-month lockout.

The union said it would announce the result of the electronic vote Saturday morning. If a majority of the 700-plus players choose to accept the deal owners unanimously ratified Wednesday, training camps will open Sunday and a 48-game regular season will begin Jan. 19.

A tentative agreement was reached early Sunday, the 113th day of the lockout.

Throughout the lockout, union executive director Donald Fehr kept the players updated via emails, a phone app and face-to-face meetings, making sure everyone was informed on every step of the negotiations.

"Hiring him was the best move that we've made as a (union) for a long time," Capitals wing Troy Brouwer said. "(Fehr) did everything the players asked of him. When the players wanted to move on things, he was willing to move on things. When the players wanted to really hold on to something, he made sure we did."

Fehr, the ex-head of the baseball players union, was hired Dec. 18, 2010. He has impressed players with his experience, knowledge and communication.

"Players are emotional people," Sharks wing Adam Burish said. "And we'd get in there and yell and scream and say, 'This is what we have to do!' And he'd listen … and take our criticisms and advice, and mold his opinion and give it to us. And then he'd let us make the decisions always. I think all the membership is pretty thrilled that we were able to get him … because he was amazing."

Players believe if not for Fehr, the deal would not have been as favorable for them after they made major concessions to end the lockout that got the 2004-05 season cancelled.

"(Fehr) did a tremendous job of keeping everyone together and … informed," Blackhawks wing Viktor Stalberg said. "Last time around, they weren't as good at doing that. And that put guys in different corners at times. It's hard to get a good negotiation if you're not sticking together."

NHL players begin voting on labor deal 01/10/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Clemson reunion for Bucs' Adam Humphries, Vikings' Mackensie Alexander


    Bucs receiver Adam Humphries will have a familiar face lining up against him Sunday when he's in the slot and the Vikings have Mackensie Alexander guarding him as their nickel defensive back.

    Bucs wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) makes a reception before being tackled by Chicago Bears defensive back Marcus Cooper (31) Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  2. For starters: Rays vs. Cubs, trying to get even with Joe Maddon


    After a tough 2-1 loss on Tuesday, the Rays take on the Cubs again tonight, looking to split the two-game series with former manager Joe Maddon.

    The Rays are starting young lefty Blake Snell.
  3. Whatever USF has to say about Temple waits till Thursday


    "The holes were wide open. Anyone could have run through them."

    South Florida Bulls cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (23) intercepts a pass during the second half of the home opener for the South Florida Bulls against the Stony Brook Seawolves at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  4. Five reasons why Kentucky can beat Florida for the first time since 1986


    By Matt Baker

    GAINESVILLE — Florida's 30-game winning streak over Kentucky is one of the most impressive feats in the country.

    Florida Gators offensive lineman Martez Ivey (73) celebrates Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson's  (24) touch down in the first quarter, putting Florida on the board 6-0 during the game between the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Kentucky 45-7. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times

  5. Once targeted by the Bucs, Dalvin Cook thrills for the Vikings


    How good would the Bucs be with running back Dalvin Cook?

    Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) slips a tackle by Steelers strong safety Sean Davis (28) to score a touchdown Sunday in Pittsburgh. [AP photo]