After more than 34 hours of meetings this week, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association still have not reached an agreement on a new CBA.
After ten-hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, the two sides met from 8:00 AM to almost 10:00 PM on Friday.
Both sides confirm that a deal is not in place but that one could be coming in the next month unless talks hit a snag.
“We continued our discussions on financial and accounting issues, and while we are making progress, we still have a lot of work to do,” said NHL executive vice-president Bill Daly. “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.”
“Earlier this evening we concluded three days of small group meetings,” said NHLPA senior director Ted Saskin. “Once again a wide range of economic and systemic concepts were discussed. The parties have agreed to continue meeting next week.”
The Friday meeting was not originally scheduled but was added when small-group talks that were meant to conclude on Wednesday extended into Thursday.