NHL: Leaked Memo Could Complicate Talks

A leaked internal memorandum from the players union may have caused some damage to the labor negotiations between the N.H.L. and the union Friday.

On Thursday night, a memo was sent to the union’s 725 members in which Fehr said there was a “significant gap” between the N.H.L. and the union on several important issues.

On Friday night, Fehr addressed concerns that the league seemed to be raising about some of the language in the memo. Citing league sources, The Minneapolis Star Tribune said the N.H.L. believed that Fehr had misled players by inaccurately summarizing the league’s positions.

“First of all, understand that their proposal is made in front of players in the room who hear it, in front of staff who hear it, in front of former players who hear it,” Fehr said Friday, almost three hours after the bargaining session at the offices of the law firm Proskauer Rose on Eighth Avenue had ended.

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