Negotiations between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association continued Thursday and despite the league making what it believes is its best proposal yet, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said the owners apparently don't want to make a deal.
Fehr, who spoke to the media for nearly a half hour following the negotiations, was critical of not only the latest offer, but also the NHL's negotiation tactics. During his press conference, which can be seen in its entirety below, Fehr said the owners don't analyze or discuss counter proposals and instead take less than 10 minutes to reject them entirely.
Fehr also criticized the owners for waiting until four weeks into the lockout to make their best proposal. Fehr said the owners are trying to take back any concessions the players received in the last negotiation and give off the vibe that unless the NHLPA is ready to agree to the current offer, with very few tweaks, they aren't interested in negotiating.
Fehr summed up the day's negotiations bluntly, saying, "today is not a good day."