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Friday, June 24, 2005

nhl- CBA Recap

from CP via TSN, Like the Energizer bunny, NHL labour talks keep going and going and going and will resume again Monday in New York.
The NHL and NHL Players' Association wrapped up more than 75 hours of talks over five straight days here in Toronto on Friday, as they painstakingly inched towards a final resolution. The lawyers on each side of the table continue to draft the agreement as they go along.
''It was a very long week but I think both sides are working really hard to resolve and move the process forward,'' Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer and executive vice-president, said Friday evening before boarding a plane for New York.
''We continued to make progress this week but there are still some issues that we need to talk about,'' he added. ''We've made significant progress on most of the critical areas but that's all contingent on everything being resolved.''
Daly would not say when he thought a deal could finally be done, but it's believed a tentative deal could be reached as early as next week or the first week of July.
''There's a real sense of urgency of tying to get this behind us,'' Daly said.
That urgency was displayed by 15- to 17-hour meetings each and every day this week....more...