NHL, players’ union to meet again

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL and NHLPA agreed to continue negotiations on Wednesday.

Neither side was available after the seven hour negotiation at a private site in New York, the first formally done since Oct. 18.

They will resume the second straight day of talks at another undisclosed location in New York at 1 p.m.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said he hoped the two sides continue to meet as long as it takes to broker a new deal.

The lockout has now stretched into its seventh week and has resulted in the cancellation of all regular-season games through Nov. 30, as well as the annual Winter Classic.

The last substantive discussion between the two sides was over the weekend, when NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly met one on one at a secret, neutral site on Saturday.

An integral part of the discussion between the two parties was the “make-whole” provision.

The the league originally intended to honor existing player contracts by using a deferred payment program that ultimately would require players to shoulder the economic burden. They are now willing to modify their stance, a source told ESPN.

But an agreement on that element would not necessarily forge a new collective bargaining agreement.

“There are still other things that are important, but it certainly would matter in and of itself,” said Fehr.

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