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NHL, union complete second talks of the day

Sep 7, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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The NHL and players’ union met informally for over two hours Friday morning. The two sides were tight-lipped following the exchange, but they decided to meet again Friday evening.

That meeting has ended too and again details were scarce, but Darren Dreger termed the negotiations as “good” and “candid.”

Either way, it looks like we’ll have to wait until Saturday to find out when/if the two sides will meet again, according to John Shannon.

The lack of details isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It could mean that the NHLPA and NHL are focused on negotiating behind closed doors rather than through the media.

“It’s good sign that we’re sitting in the same room,” Minnesota’s Zenon Konopka said, according to Michael Russo, after attending Friday’s meetings. “That can be taken as positive. We’re doing everything we can to get deal done”

The current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15, so the two sides have a little over the week to come to an agreement if they want to avoid a potential lockout.

  1. sjsharks66 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Really happy about this! This is what they should have been doing for the past month!

    • trbowman - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Don’t get excited.

      Not to sound pretentious, but it’s exactly what I predicted here not four days ago.

      A couple of ‘negotiating’ sessions before the inevitable lockout, none of which stands a prayer of actually getting a deal done in time but they can at least tell the fans they tried.

      I just hope the players don’t throw their arms in the air and halt negotiations if a lockout does occur, as unfair as it may be.

  2. id4joey - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Fans! Don’t get excited. These are informal talks…. Whatever the heck that means? Sarcasm alert…

  3. sharksfanatic - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I am confident this will get settled. There will be a set back or 2 in the next week; then on about September 14 they will have an agreement on the major issues.
    Everyone is beating up on Bettman but you have to remember he is just doing his job representing the owners. He has made a lot of decisions that has brought the league from in serious trouble to where it now even though it has problems with some franchises it has record revenues.
    This will get done but at last minute. My guess: 50/50 split, more revenue share, $65 million cap, max 6 year contracts.

  4. cspsrbums - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Bettman has done nothing but represent 23 lockout in his tenure time to find a replacement and let him buy a ticket to the next game

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