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NHL, NHLPA have informal lunch, no talks scheduled

Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 7:04 PM / News

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NHL, NHLPA have informal lunch, no talks scheduled
The National Hockey League met Saturday with the NHL Players' Association for an informal lunch, but there were no formal meetings about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The National Hockey League met Saturday with the NHL Players' Association for an informal lunch, but there were no formal meetings about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A representative of the NHLPA said Saturday that NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr will discuss either Saturday night or Sunday when future negotiating sessions will be scheduled.

The NHL and NHLPA, which have been without a CBA since Sept. 16, had met four consecutive days for formal sessions before Saturday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said after the meeting Friday that the League was available to meet this weekend.

"We're waiting to hear back from them, and whenever they're ready, we're prepared to get back together," Bettman said.

The 2012-13 regular-season schedule has been canceled through Nov. 30, as have the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the accompanying Hockeytown Winter Festival.

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