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NHL, players make progress in negotiations

The SportsXchange

NHL and NHL Players' Association representatives said that Saturday's negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement went well, according to NHL.com.

It was the first time the two sides met since Oct. 18. The league imposed a lockout Sept. 16 when the CBA expired.

League deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr met for several hours at an undisclosed location and said they planned to meet again.

"We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us," Daly said. "We plan to meet again early in the week."

Fehr said in a statement, "I agree with what Bill said. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress."

Because of the lockout, the NHL has already cancelled all November games, the Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park in Detroit that was schedule for Dec. 16-31 and the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The league and its players are at odds over how to divide $3.3 billion in hockey-related revenue.
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