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NHL, NHLPA talks 'constructive,' will meet Wednesday

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and deputy commisioner

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and deputy commisioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly leave the NHLPA offices in Toronto. (Aug. 22, 2012) (Credit: AP)

After about seven and a half hours of talks, the longest stretch of negotiations since the NHL lockout began, there was a joint appearance at the Westin Hotel in Times Square by Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and PA special counsel Steve Fehr just after midnight.

That alone, the two together, was a good sign, a sign of progress. And another positive: They will meet again Wednesday before the Board of Governors meeting here in NYC.

:"it was a long day, but a constructive day in some ways," said Fehr. "We had a good dialogue. In some ways, it might be the best day we've had. (But) I don't want to paint too rosy of a picture. There's still a lot of work to do."

Daly, who was in the meetings with six owners and 18 players, said:  "We'll be talking again tomorrow morning, we're going ahead with our board meeting at 11. Hopefully, we'll be back at it after that as well."  He said he "appreciated the efforts of the players. Everybody wants to get a deal done, so that's encouraging."

So on Wednesday, the BOG will get a report and Commissioner Gary Bettman will brief the media afterward. Then, presumably, the two sides will huddle again. It is unclear whether Bettman and NHLPA boss Donald Fehr, who were in the hotel, but  did not  join the sessions, will today.

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