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Blackhawks players differ on what union’s next move should be

Donald Fehr

From left, NHL players Brian Elliott, of the St. Louis Blues, Steve Montador, of the Chicago Blackhawks and Michael Weber, of the Buffalo Sabres, watch a news conference by players union executive director Donald Fehr, after labor talks in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian, Chris Young)


Blackhawks players Steve Montador and Jonathan Toews have had a vocal presence on the labor scene. Both have been at meetings and have spoken their mind about how the process is going. With talks stalled and things looking bleak, their opinions differ on what the next step should be.’s Tracey Myers spoke with both players about what they believe should happen next and Montador says decertification looks like the way to go.

“It makes sense when this lockout has gone this long and there’s been no movement from the NHL and massive concessions from the players,” Blackhawks defenseman and player representative Steve Montador said recently. “It’s unfortunate that we have to consider such measures, but it’s a serious one.”

Toews doesn’t quite see it that way, saying decertification is “an option.”

“I’m not sure if it’s the most imminent choice right now,” Toews said. “But at some point the players have certain negotiating tactics that we need to use. Up until now it’s been a waiting game.”

With opinions differing like this, even among teammates, this is where Donald Fehr’s job is as tricky as it’s ever been.