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Bettman “pleased with the process that is ongoing,” refuses to comment further

Dec 5, 2012, 2:13 PM EST

Gary Bettman

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman walked up to the podium following this morning’s Board of Governors meeting in New York, said he “was pleased with the process that is ongoing,” and that “out of respect for the process” he had no further comment on negotiations between owners and players.

And then he walked away.

The commissioner’s brief update was seen as a sign that progress is being made in CBA talks.

Similar remarks were made by those who attended the BOG meeting.

“We feel good about the information we got,” said Columbus executive John Davidson, as per Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

“We’re going to continue to talk up until we get a deal,” said MLSE (Leafs) chairman Larry Tanenbaum, as per Yahoo!’s Nick Cotsonikas.

When asked if he was confident an agreement could be struck in the next few days, Tanenbaum replied, “As long as we’re talking, we’re hopeful.”

Next up is this afternoon’s players-owners meeting in which the players are expected to make a presentation to the owners.

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