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NHL, NHLPA conclude latest negotiating session

Friday, 07.06.2012 / 5:41 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League negotiating committee, led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and the NHL Players' Association, led by Executive Director Donald Fehr and eight players, concluded a two-day session of negotiations Friday at the League's offices.

A four-hour meeting Friday to work on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement completed the two-day session, which began with a 2 1/2-hour session Thursday.

The next meeting is scheduled for next week.

"We had two productive days of meetings with the NHLPA and the Players, concluding this afternoon at about 1:45 p.m.," Daly said in a statement. "A number of important issues were raised on both sides of the table, all of which will be discussed more thoroughly as we get deeper into bargaining. We are pleased with the level of engagement and look forward to meeting again next week."

The players who joined Fehr for the meeting included John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, Ruslan Fedotenko of the Philadelphia Flyers, Kevin Westgarth of the Los Angeles Kings, Ron Hainsey of the Winnipeg Jets, Manny Malhotra of the Vancouver Canucks and B.J. Crombeen of the St. Louis Blues.

"We covered a number of different subjects, which is what you do when you're beginning the bargaining process. A lot more to go," Fehr told reporters. "We're not at the beginning in the sense that we're just starting with no preliminary work or anything, but we're at the relatively early stages of the discussions."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round