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NHL, NHLPA finally heading toward new CBA with productive talks

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 5, 2012 in Sports
While many NHL fans seem disinterested in finding the latest new reason to hope the league is on a track toward a CBA and a 2012-13 season, nonetheless there is one. The league and the NHLPA are showing signs of finally getting it done.
Over the weekend, at an undisclosed location, the right-hand guys of Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, Bill Daly and Steve Fehr, met and talked. This came Saturday, on the heels of the cancellation of the Winter Classic the day before. It was the first time the two sides sat down together since the Oct. 18 fiasco that apparently ended hopes of an 82 game schedule.
NHL and NHLPA: "covered a lot of ground"
The cause for optimism comes in the fact that the league and the NHLPA reported that Daly and Steve Fehr negotiated into the hours of Sunday. That's the kind of bargaining session that historically unions and employers engage in when they're moving forward. Previously the two sides often broke off sessions because they said they had nothing to talk about. This time Daly told the Canadian Press in an email that he and Steve Fehr "covered a lot of ground."
The talks also came on the heels of a reported offer from the NHL that would see them make up financially, or 'make whole' (to what degree isn't clear) for existing contracts subject to trimming with the new 50-50 split the two sides appear to have agreed to. It's been a sticking point with the NHLPA that existing contracts be honored in full and that offer from the league has the hopes of being a deal-maker. More hope? Daly said they'll be meeting again "early in the week."
It's enough to get fans interested again.
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