NHL, NHLPA getting down to business

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NHL, NHLPA getting down to business

Updated: 6:45 p.m.

When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr emerged from their latest round of negotiations on Thursday, they werent very talkative to the media attending in New York City.

Nevertheless, theyre still putting in plenty of time talking to each other.

The NHL and NHLPA met again on Thursday, the third consecutive day theyve negotiated from a secret location in New York City. Neither Fehr nor Bettman told reporters much about the meeting. Fehr confirmed the two sides will meet again on Friday and Bettman said theres still a lot of work to do.

Talks each day have been anywhere from five to seven-plus hours, including Thursdays five-hour session. Both sides have said they would keep details of these latest negotiations very quiet, and for the most part, thats happened.

Still, details have leaked. The Canadian Press Chris Johnston reported earlier today that the NHLPA made offers Wednesday on revenue sharing and players sharemake whole provision. Fehr told reporters the league did respond to NHLPA proposals but did not comment further.

The league and PA have gotten down to business after weeks of few true negotiations. The contention between the two sides was bad by the middle of October, when the league offered a 50-50 proposal and the NHLPA countered with three proposals of their own. But the league rejected those proposals quickly, saying at the time that the two sides were speaking different languages.

But last Saturday things started to turn for the better, at least in terms of getting the focus back on negotiations. League deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr talked at an undisclosed location until past midnight, which has led to this weeks talks.

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The Blackhawks’ defensive depth has already taken a hit this offseason, with Niklas Hjalmarsson traded to Arizona – Connor Murphy came here in the deal – and Trevor van Riemsdyk, selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. While the Blackhawks will probably explore free-agent options this offseason, Pokka could vie for an opportunity at training camp.