Members of the negotiating committees from the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association met for a fourth consecutive day Friday in an attempt to establish a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The sub-committee session on Friday centered on hockey-related issues, including supplementary discipline, training camp and ice conditions.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said it was a productive session and the sides have been able to agree on some of the issues discussed.
The League's owners expect the negotiations to pick up next week, when the Union intends to make its proposal on the core economic issues.
NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said Thursday that the Union is aiming to make its proposal on the core economic issues when the sides gather in Toronto on Tuesday. Daly said the Union's proposal will determine how far apart the two sides are on the financial issues, which he called the most important element of the negotiating process.
"There are a variety of other issues that are involved in collective bargaining and this Collective Bargaining Agreement that we've also been able to engage on where we do have counter proposals going both ways, where we've exchanged views and ideas on proposals, made movements and had some agreements," Daly said. "It's all part of the big process, but obviously the critical part of this negotiation will come down to the economics.
"We've talked conceptually for a while now about our respective views of the world and the financial condition of the League and clubs, and what we need to make this League healthy -- at least in our view -- going forward. We'll see how far apart we are."
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