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by Paul on 12/18/12 at 08:19 PM ET
from ESPN.com news services,
Two weeks ago, progress was made during several consecutive days of negotiations between players and owners in New York. The sides disagree on how close they might have moved toward a deal, but a major breakdown at the end wrecked any hope for a fast solution.
Six owners joined about 18 players in talks without commissioner Gary Bettman and executive director Donald Fehr in the room until the end of that process. Hainsey, who is in the final season of a five-year deal he signed with the former Atlanta Thrashers, is all for trying that again.
"Both (sides) were very respectful of each other," he said. "They were good meetings, they were productive, we did make progress. We were very appreciative of the way we were treated in the meetings by the owners. ... Maybe it's something that is worth revisiting and worthwhile and could possibly bring us closer to a deal."
Also in favor for trying that again Pat Brisson, agent of superstars Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. Brisson has been working the phones behind the scenes to find solutions and possibly reconvene many of parties involved in those New York negotiations, this time including the leaders of each side.
"We should focus into having one more solid meeting with both Gary and Don in the meetings and perhaps the same owners and players who were there a couple weeks ago. That's when we got closer to the deal," Brisson told ESPN. "Time has passed and we've had time to think and cooler heads have prevailed. It's time to just focus there and get this CBA done. That's exactly where we're at."
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