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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

nhl- CBA Target Day, July 1st

via Sportsnet, Sources close to the negotiation tell Sportsnet the two sides are moving in the right direction towards ending the NHL lockout and confirm the possibility of a resolution by July 1.
However, the assumption that much of what is being discussed now amounts to "details," is inaccurate. The negotiation still consists of a lot more and remains potentially fragile.
Although the process seems to be progressing at a crawl, a source inside the meetings confirms the negotiation is being lawyered simultaneous to the negotiation. An effort that has been incredibly time consuming, but one that will expedite ratification once a new CBA is agreed to.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that both the NHL and the NHLPA are committed to ending this dispute in time to return the game to North American fans this Fall.
The NHL and NHLPA wrapped up 12 hours of talks over the past two days and will resume negotiations later this week.
The two sides met in small groups from noon EDT to 7:30 p.m. EDT Monday and from 9 a.m. EDT to 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday in Toronto.
They've set aside Wednesday for internal discussion before resuming the process either Thursday or Friday.