Donald Fehr maintains deal was near

Updated: December 9, 2012, 4:18 AM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO --  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that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league rejected the union's latest proposal and rescinded its own.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," ...

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