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NHL, NHLPA conclude Friday CBA negotiations

by Dan Rosen / Philadelphia Flyers

NEW YORK -- Representatives from the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association met Friday for a fourth straight day of negotiations geared toward establishing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The meetings Friday, split into different sessions, broke up for the night slightly after 6 p.m.

There is no follow-up meeting scheduled at this point.

"We met on a fourth consecutive day and we're waiting to hear from the Players Association in terms of when they'll be ready for us to get back together again," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said that the Union would need to discuss the day's events among the membership before making its next move.

"We're going back to the office and we have some things to consider and need to talk to our membership and I've got nothing else to say at this point," Fehr said as he left the meeting.

Commissioner Bettman said that the League was willing to talk this weekend, if necessary. He also said he was willing to cancel a planned trip to Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, if required.

We're waiting to hear back from them, and whenever they're ready, we're prepared to get back together," Bettman said. "Whenever -- when you're in a process like this, you're not really watching the calendar. I'm not sure I could tell you what day it is.

The NHL and NHLPA have been without a CBA since Sept. 16.

The League has already cancelled the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through Nov. 30 and wiped out the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic along with the accompanying Hockeytown Winter Festival.

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