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Bettman: “We have a lot of work to do and we’re working hard”

Nov 8, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke briefly after Thursday’s CBA meetings and while he didn’t talk about the specifics of the negotiations, some of his generalized statements were telling.

“We have a lot of work to do and we’re working hard,” Bettman said. He also spoke about his hope of getting a “fair agreement in place as quickly as possible.”

So how are the talks going overall?

“Collective bargaining is a process and it has peaks and valleys and ebbs and flows, and it is very tough to handicap,” Bettman said.

If you’re interested in watching Bettman’s full press conference, you can do so below. Don’t worry, it won’t take up much of your time:

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