NHL lockout update: NHL and NHLPA talks resume, CBA deal closure making progressBy Angel Cuala on Jan 6, 2013 in Ice Hockey, Sports, United States •
Updated: January 6, 2013 11:50 p.m.
The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have resumed their talks on Day 112 of the current NHL lockout, which has already caused the cancellation of 625 games of 2012-2013 regular-season from October 2012 to January 14, 2013, or 50.8 percent of the 1,230 games.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly
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According to a report at NHL.com today, Sunday, January 6, 2013, the main negotiators from the NHL and NHLPA are now in a meeting that has been going on for 14 hours, as of 2:45 a.m. ET Sunday. The purpose of the meeting is to establish a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
“The parties have been meeting since approximately 12:45 pm today. Slow progress is being made. We hope to continue meeting to resolve as many open issues as we possibly can in pursuit of an agreement.” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was quoted as saying on late Saturday night.
Apparently, this is the first time that the two sides have met since last Thursday, after a two-day meeting separately with federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh. Among the NHL games that were cancelled earlier include the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend (January 26-27, 2013) and the 2013 Winter Classic games.
Meanwhile, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman noted that a deal should be closed by Friday, January 11 so that the 2012-2013 Season can start on Saturday, January 19, for a 48-game schedule, which will be the same number of games played after the 1994-1995 NHL lockout.
Back in early October last year, NHL announced the cancellation of the first 2 weeks of the NHL season games due to the lockout. It was followed by a series of games cancellation despite meetings between the NHL and the NHLPA, after no CBA agreement has been reached.
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