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Movement (But Barely) in NHL Talks

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After the latest dance steps by the NHL owners and players, the major issues remain unsolved with the only sign of hope being the fact they will talk again on Friday.

“I’m not going to characterize [the negotiations] except to say that it’s always better when you’re meeting than when you’re not,” NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr said Thursday night after the end of the third day of collective bargaining between players and management, the almost 20 hours of total meetings representing the longest stretch of face-to-face bargaining since the lockout began Sept. 15.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, like Fehr breaking a media silence of several days, said, “I don’t know what Don [Fehr] said but the fact is, we have a lot of work to do...

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