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Friday, June 3, 2005
Sides meet for 34 hours over three days

Associated Press

TORONTO -- The NHL and players' association made some progress in nearly 34 hours of negotiations over three days and will continue to talk, league vice president Bill Daly said Friday.

The sides met for almost 14 hours on Friday after 10-hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, trying to work out a new collective bargaining agreement. The league and union said they will meet again next week.

"We continued our discussions on financial and accounting issues, and while we are making progress, we still have a lot of work to do," Daly said. "The parties have agreed to continue the process with a series of meetings next week, at which time we hope to begin discussing a myriad of other CBA issues."

Players' association senior director Ted Saskin confirmed the sides would meet next week but was vague on what was discussed Friday.

"Earlier this evening we concluded three days of small-group meetings," Saskin said. "Once again, a wide range of economic and systemic concepts were discussed."

Friday's meeting was the 19th since the season was canceled Feb. 16.

NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman participated in Friday's meeting.