NHL, players wrap up three days of talks
- Toronto � Marathon talks will continue next week after the NHL and NHL
Players' Association wrapped up more than 36 hours of talks this week.
The two sides met from 8 a.m. EDT to just before 10 p.m. at a downtown
Toronto hotel on Friday, on the heels of 10-hour sessions Wednesday and
It's not going to happen overnight but the feeling in both camps is that a
deal appears possible in the next month or so although talks could still hit
"We continued our discussions on financial and accounting issues, and while
we are making progress, we still have a lot of work to do," said NHL
executive vice-president Bill Daly. "The parties have agreed to continue the
process with a series of meetings next week, at which time we hope to begin
discussing a myriad of other CBA issues."
While progress has been slow but steady, the two sides continue to plug
away at it. Friday's meeting was the 19th session since the season was
canceled Feb. 16.
The NHLPA roster Friday featured executive director Bob Goodenow, senior
director Ted Saskin, outside counsel John McCambridge, associate counsel Ian
Pulver, director of business relations Mike Gartner, Detroit Red Wings
veteran player Brendan Shanahan, and the players' executive committee:
president Trevor Linden and vice-presidents Vincent Damphousse, Bill Guerin,
Daniel Alfredsson, Arturs Irbe, Trent Klatt and Bob Boughner.
Representing the league Friday was commissioner Gary Bettman, Daly, Boston
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, outside counsel Bob Batterman, NHL general
counsel David Zimmerman, lawyer Shep Goldfein, director of hockey operations
Colin Campbell, New Jersey Devils CEO and GM Lou Lamoriello, board of
governors chairman Harley Hotchkiss of the Calgary Flames, Nashville
Predators owner Craig Leipold, league CFO Craig Harnett and Senior VP,
Finance, Joe DeSousa.
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