New York, NY (Sports Network) - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman provided a brief
update Wednesday on negotiations between the league and its players
association, but was mum on details.
"We are pleased with the process that is ongoing," Bettman said. "Out of
respect for that process, I don't have anything else to say and I'm not going
to take any questions."
At that point, Bettman said "See you later" and walked off the podium without
any specific update on talks toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
The two sides reportedly exchanged proposals Wednesday in an effort to end the
lockout, which is approaching the three-month mark.
Bettman's comments came a day after a grouping of six NHL owners and 18
players met through the afternoon and into the night.
The two warring factions met twice last week with the involvement of federal
mediators, but the process was unsuccessful as it had been during the 2004-05
The current work stoppage, which began Sept. 16, has already forced the
cancellation of regular-season games through Dec. 14, as well as the Winter
Classic and All-Star Weekend.
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