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Recap Of Today’s CBA Meeting

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,

The meeting lasted approximately 2½ hours, the majority of which devoted to a more detailed explanation of the league’s initial proposal submitted last Friday.

The proposal, which reportedly included salary rollbacks, term limits, a decreased share and a redefinition of hockey-related revenue, was the subject of further review and scrutiny by the 15 players in attendance, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and several lawyers.

“The purpose of the meeting was for them to give us a more detailed explanation of the proposal they made last week,” Fehr said outside the league offices in midtown Manhattan. “They did that. We got certain additional information. We indicated there was some further information that we’ve requested. Hopefully, we begin to get that tomorrow and begin to talk about some of the aspects of it.”

Fehr declined to divulge the specifics of the NHL’s plan, which sent reverberations across the league by the concessions it would require. But Fehr confirmed the NHL asked the players to reduce their share in hockey-related revenue.

“Yeah, I think that’s fair,” Fehr said. “They certainly were.”

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Fehr and the NHLPA have done a much better job of getting in front of the PR war this time around. How much it helps is anyone’s guess. People are still saying strike instead of lockout after the last one and Fehr is making it clear the players are willing to continue to play as they negotiate.  He also knows that the power shifts once the season starts and they have the ability to strike.

The players also sound a lot more educated and reserved in their comments. Where’s Chelios to threatne Bettman this time around?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/19/12 at 11:54 AM ET

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