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Volume 24 No. 117
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NHL, NHLPA To Resume Talks At "Critical Juncture" In Lockout

The NHL and NHLPA will resume CBA talks today in N.Y. at "what appears to be a critical juncture in the labor dispute." Sources said that "players and some influential owners are pressuring their respective negotiators to reach a deal." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr are expected to attend the meeting, as are "about a dozen players and several owners." About 100 players "discussed strategy" yesterday in a conference call (L.A. TIMES, 11/6).

One source who will be at the negotiating table said that he "would not predict the chances" of reaching a new CBA until the end of today's session. In the meantime, "guarded optimism is the best way to describe both sides' feeling" toward the first formal talks since Oct. 18 (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/6).