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NHLPA’s Fehr Says Players Want Stanley Cup Playoffs Only Under One Condition

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr spoke on Wednesday with the Two-Man Advantage podcast, and covered a variety of topics.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr spoke on Wednesday with the Two-Man Advantage podcast, and covered a variety of topics. Among them were what he believes will happen with the regular season, what his days are like as the go-between for the league and the players and what the players are saying about this season.

Fehr started by noting the talks between the NHL and the NHLPA have been good. In fact, he said, “There is no posturing, there is no attempt, so far, to take advantage of this or that or the other.” He believes when all of this COVID-19 crisis situation is over, he sees the NHL and NHLPA having built a stronger bond as a result.

Fehr was also asked about whether or not he believes an NHL season will resume and he didn’t seem sure, only citing that a recent development might have improved the odds. Fehr explained:

What changed in the last couple of days, of course, was the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics, and when that happened that created, from a fan perspective and a broadcast perspective, some opportunities that might not have been there before. Whether we’ll be able to exercise those opportunities remains to be seen.

When asked about how the players are handling all of this, he said he’s on the phone 8-12 hours every day, often talking to players about how this will affect their travel and whether or not games will resume and where some teams stand.

He noted that most of the players are interested in resuming the season and want to see a Stanley Cup awarded. That said, most only want it under one condition. Assuming a playoff structure can be created that included fair chances for bubble teams to compete, everyone would feel good about it.

It goes to show, no one seems to want to win the Stanley Cup if they really didn’t earn it. If they’re given the trophy, they only want it any team that could have competed, had a chance to.

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