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NHL, union have second CBA meeting

Jul 6, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman arrives before the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led their respective negotiating groups on Thursday in the second CBA negotiating session of the summer, according to the NHL.com.

As was the case with their first meeting, neither side revealed many details about what actually happened behind closed doors.

“We had a constructive meeting,” Fehr said. “When you’re beginning negotiations, you need to have dialogue. You need to see what you have a common understanding about, what you need to flesh out, what you need to discuss further. We did some of that today. We still have groups meeting now and we’re going to reconvene [Friday] morning.”

Eight players participated in the meeting, including Manny Malholtra, Ron Hainsey, B.J. Crombeen, John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Ruslan Fedotenko, Kevin Westgarth, and Rick DiPietro.

The current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15, although according to Fehr, the players would be willing to start the 2012-13 campaign even if a new CBA hasn’t been finalized. It’s not clear if the owners would allow that to happen.

  1. sknut - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I know most of the media thinks that a lockout is going to happen but at least they are meeting early and trying to get some momentum. I am not sure how many owners are still around from 04 but it would be so stupid to even have a lengthy lockout and ruin what has been a better product. I am hoping that both sides can get this done and we can have labor peace.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Money talks loudest, and with the amount of revenue that was lost during the last CBA (as well as the most recent example with the NBA), I’ll bet anyone they’ll be done much faster this time around.

  2. ballistictrajectory - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    They should have DiPietro’s contract in there instead of DiPietro. I hope he doesn’t get injured during the meetings.

    • jernster21 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Rick DiPietro: I’m a hugely in favor of long term contracts, otherwise I wouldn’t be in the NHL!

      Everyone else: That’s what we’re hoping for.

  3. the1849ers - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    NHL has a lot of good momentum. It’s growing in popularity. The worst thing both sides can do now is squander that by missing opening day. Get it done!

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