NHL, NHLPA meet again on Thursday

The NHL’s representatives and the NHL’s Player’s Association began further negotiations on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to find common ground on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The two sides negotiated throughout the day yesterday and, after convening at 1 a.m., met again at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

While the lockout has raged on for nearly three months now, with the NHL and its brass facing a growing storm of criticism, some cautious optimism has begun to take form on both sides.

After last night’s meetings, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told NHL.com, “There has been some progress, but we’re still apart on a number of issues. But, as long as the process continues, I am hopeful.”

The main obstacle remains the salary cap for next season, with the NHLPA reportedly wanting the 2013-14 cap to be set at $65 million, while the NHL is pushing for $60 million, according to ESPN.com.

Bettman has set a deadline of January 11 for the two sides to agree to a deal, with any potential season set to begin on January 19.

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