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CBA meetings done, no progress, two sides to talk again Friday

Dec 13, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

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NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr briefly addressed the media following a second day of federally mediated bargaining, this time with NHL counsel Bob Batterman.

Unsurprisingly, Fehr had little to say.

“There has been contact between the parties today, principally at the mediator’s office,” Fehr said. “I’ve met with the mediator, Bob Batterman — outside counsel for the league — has been there. We’ve met separately through the mediator at times, we’ve met together, Don was over there very briefly.

“I think we’re done with contact for tonight.”

What else we learned:

— FCMS mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh was once again involved in talks, but little was accomplished. It sounds as though neither side showed any change in position.

— The two sides will speak again tomorrow, though it’s unclear if they’ll meet in person or via telephone. Fehr said he didn’t know where a potential face-to-face meeting would be held.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon has been “led to believe” that federal mediators are now “out of the picture.”

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