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Monday, June 6, 2005
NHL, players' union schedule more talks for Tuesday

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' union will hold three more days of talks, beginning Tuesday in yet another small-group setting.

The sides will be getting together in New York, marking the sixth consecutive week they will hold negotiations. Both the league and the players' association are committed to keeping that kind of schedule until a new collective-bargaining agreement is worked out.

Last week, the sides held 34 hours of talks over three days in Toronto. Those talks were called productive, and the hope is that momentum will continue to build toward an agreement that would end the lockout that started last September and wiped out the entire 2004-05 NHL season.

While discussions have mostly dealt with how to find a workable salary cap, it is expected that other pressing issues will be addressed during this next round of talks.

Instead of full bargaining sessions, there will likely be small discussion groups between Tuesday and Thursday.