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Published October 28, 2011
LEAGUE ISSUES: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Thursday briefly discussed the upcoming CBA negotiations with the NHLPA. Bettman: "The system we have in place was a fundamental and necessary change, and as a result we're seeing unprecedented competitive balance. Teams are (financially) healthier than they were (before the 2004-05 lockout). In terms of moving forward, the (Players Association) has a new executive director (Donald Fehr). He says he won't be able to complete his due diligence and learning curve before the All-Star Game, so we're not even focused on collective bargaining." He added of the issue of player safety, "It's a work in progress, but we think the trends we're seeing are positive because of the supplemental discipline and rules changes" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 10/28).