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Talks Take a Step Back on Fourth Day Between NHL and NHLPA

November 9th, 2012 at 8:09 PM
By Tim ODonnell

Talks between the NHL and NHLPA appear to have taken a step back after three straight days of progress. 

"We have some things to consider and need to talk to our membership and I've got nothing else to say at this point," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said according to Dan Rosen's Twitter.

The step back in negotiations comes less than a day after the release of a memo Fehr sent to the players after the meetings finished last night. Fehr addressed the proposal that the NHL had given the NHLPA at the end of the day yesterday. In the memo, Fehr said that the NHL's proposal for the salary cap would

"significantly reduce a player's bargaining power and give the owner much more leverage over a player for most if not all of his career."

Today was the shortest meeting held this week, lasting just two hours this afternoon.

"We thought we were much closer together on a structure f a deal than suggestions were," Fehr told's Katie Strang. "(The NHL) came back to us and said, 'No, we're very, very, very far apart on a structure for the deal.' '

There is the possibility of the two sides getting together tomorrow for a fifth day of negotiating, but nothing has benn set, There is no scheduled date for the net meeting.  Gary Bettman and the NHL are just waiting to hear when the NHLPA is ready.

"We're waiting to hear from the Players' Association in terms of when they'll be ready to us to get back together again,' Bettman said

The lockout has already caused the cancelation of 327 games, including the Winter Classic..




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