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Donald Fehr is giving the NHL owners a fight

Tactics may push league to the limit

The NHL’s superlative agitators — think Steve Ott, Patrick Kaleta, Brad Marchand, Maxim Lapierre — use jabs, foul mouths, and questionable hits to do what they do best. Donald Fehr employs subtler techniques.

During the lockout, the NHLPA executive director has delayed meetings, repackaged proposals, and even used his own presence to affect negotiations with the NHL.

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