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When you're playing four game a week, it's a little difficult to find time to practice. Coach Pete DeBoer hast to find the right balance of extra work, voluntary skates and mandatory sessions while making sure his veteran-laden team doesn't get tired out before halfway point. That's why having a day off in between a home game and a close road opponent is so very important in this lockout-shortened season.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?You?re going to deal with some sloppy hockey because of the circumstances of the schedule and the number of games,? DeBoer said. ?I think the teams that can recognize an off night and manage it the best are the teams that are going to get points. We?ve got a veteran group and we should be able to handle those situations. To our credit, we handled it well enough to get one on a night we were off, but you want to get two.?

A lot of the work today was on simple things they usually do well when they?re winning ? working the puck down low in the offensive zone, feeding the point men for shots and going to the net for screens, deflections and rebound. There was also focus on their down-low coverage on defense.

Tags: Analysis, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, lockout, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Pete DeBoer, practice, Schedule
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Hey NHL teams, want to know how to win fans back after the lockout? Take a look at what the Senators are doing -- giving away free beer to fans who come to the season opener. Seriously. READ
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In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Erik Duhatschek writes about the pressure and the fun of the 1994-95 season that was only 48 games.

Former Rangers coach Colin Campbell said that "it was hard to catch up that year" and LA Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey said "it was amazing to feel that sort of pressure that quickly in a season. Every game was just so important."

He went on to say, "but it was also the best hockey I've ever been a part of."

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Ilya Kovalchuk finally arrived as Devils camp yesterday and needless to say, he is soooooo happy to be back in the NHL. The KHL? Those brown paper bags filled with off-the-books bookoo bucks? What?! He never wanted to stay there! He doesn't know where you guys are getting that from.

Look, I haven't been bothered by this story from the outset. I understood the whole political wrangling of it all -- the KHL asking Ilya and the rest of "The Russian 4" (Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Malkin) to help their native league make a statement to the big, bad NHL. Then there's the allure of playing at home, in front your family and friends and the fact that the KHL can pay him a lot more than the NHL can -- on the books and otherwise.

But then Kovy decided to go and play dumb today at the Prudential Center and that got me all sorts of riled up. It's just all so damn disingenuous and ridiculous.

Tags: Alexander Medvedev, Analysis, CBA, contract, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Russia, Vladimir Putin
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The NHL made a "Hockey is Back" video and got Liev Schreiber (aka the voice of 24/7) to narrate it. Goosebumps, people. Freakin' goosebumps.

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The CBA has been ratified. The Memorandum has been been Understood. Unlock the gates and open the hypothetical doors. Let's play some hockey.

? Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 13, 2013UPDATE: Free agency, waivers and trades are allowed starting around midnight.

Tags: Breaking News, breaking news, CBA, lockout, NHLPA
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10:21PM: Chris Johnston says the MOU has been signed and that the NHL lockout is over.

10:20PM: It is believed that the MOU has been signed and the schedule will be released momentarily.

10:06PM: Michael Russo tweets that the MOU should be completed and signed "very soon."

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Now all we're waiting for is the signed and agreed Memo of Understanding and then we'll get an official schedule and player movement.

Tags: Breaking News, CBA, lockout, NHL, NHLPA, Notes

5:33PM:?Pierre LeBrun says that 12 players voted against the CBA.

5:01PM: Renaud Lavoie says that 98% of the players voted in favor of ratifying.

4:41PM: The NHLPA has confirmed that they have ratified the CBA.

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Although the players wrapped up their electronic CBA voting process at 8 a.m., there's still be no word on the basically assured passed of the CBA. The NHLPA says that will come later Saturday when the sides finalize the Memorandum of Understanding.

Tags: CBA, Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman, lockout, MOU, NHL, NHLPA, Notes, union

The NHL schedule is set to officially hit the airwaves tomorrow morning, which means Twitter is abuzz this morning with all sorts of nuggets regarding what might be on the Devils' 48-game slate this season. Here's a quick rundown.

1. The Devils will reportedly host the Flyers on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in their home opener:

Tags: CBA, Devils, Devs, lockout, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Schedule, Tweets
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The NHLPA has announced that they will start the process of ratifying the CBA tonight at 8PM.

The voting will be done electronically, like they did with the disclaimer of interest vote, and it will conclude on Saturday morning at 8AM.

The NHLPA say that they will make an announcement on the results of the vote Saturday morning.

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After a four-month lockout, the NHL is going to have to win back the fans, both casual and die-hard alike. The players know this. Gary Bettman knows this. The fans know this. The last time around, the teams famously painted "Thank You Fans!" just inside each team's blue line. Somehow, such an exclamatory statement doesn't feel appropriate this time around -- although some of the artistic on-ice ideas from the Marek vs. Wyshysnki Podcast on Dec. 19 are downright hilarious. There will need to a concerted "outreach" and programs dedicated to recapturing some semblance of the NHL's pre-lockout momentum.

Gary Bettman declined to get into specific ideas or plans yesterday, but I want to know what YOU want and need from the league, its players and its teams to help bring you back to hockey and soothe the pain from the lockout. Sounds off in the comments!

Tags: CBA, From The Stands, Gary Bettman, lockout, New Jersey Devils

Although the schedule has been repeatedly termed as "fluid," it seems obvious the NHL is preparing for a MASSIVE opening day and night with almost every team on the docket. Some teams, particularly in the Atlantic, have had their tentative openers leaked. While the Devils remain tight-lipped, it's seems pretty obvious if you follow the breadcrumbs:

? Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 10, 2013Which, as Gulitti points out, leaves the Devils, Islanders, Sabres, Lightning and Hurricanes floating in the wind, so to speak. Due to the East have 15 teams, either one or three of those teams will have to be idle Saturday and given the NHL's apparent attempt to blow the speakers out the box, we'd put our money on the former. Which leads one to think...

Tags: CBA, Coliseum, Devs, Isles, lockout, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, NHL, opening day, opening night, Rumblings, Schedule
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Easily the funniest/creepiest thing to come out of Gary's presser yesterday...

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Gary Bettman addressed the media after owners unanimously ratified the tentative CBA at Wednesday's Board of Governors meeting. Needless to say, he was non-committal when asked about players possibly violating their contracts by participating in the KHL All-Star game after the union (likely) approves the CBA on Saturday.

Consider it a not-so-subtle shot at the KHL and Russian officials. According to his agent, Pavel Datsyuk got clearance from the Red Wings to participate in the game, but we haven't seen anything close to that from the Devils or Kovalchuk's reps. Also, don't underestimate how much this situation ties into future negotiations regarding player participation in the Olympics. It's no secret how important the Sochi games are to Russian players and the NHL is obviously not above playing hardball if it's backed up against a wall by the KHL.
Tags: CBA, Gary Bettman, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, NHL

Pardon the FDR pun in the headline, but the owners have ratified the new CBA as expected, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun also notes that the players will electronically vote on the new CBA on Friday and Saturday, but that won't affect the timing of training camps opening Sunday.
Tags: Breaking News, CBA, Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman, labor, lockout, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes

According to Pierre LeBrun, the NHL Board of Governors has ratified the CBA,

The players will ratify the CBA this weekend and training camp will start on Sunday.

4:40PM:

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12/26/12: At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that the NHL should bring back the World Cup of Hockey and make it permanent so that, with the Olympics, there would be International Hockey played every two years.

LeBrun writes "So every two years you either have the best in the world playing in the Olympics or the World Cup. Playing it in February instead of September, like the old Canada Cups/World Cup, would bring more legitimacy to the event"

He adds that in World Cup seasons the All-Star game would be eliminated, like it is with the Olympics, but that in other years the All-Star game would take place in January

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The NHL expects Ilya Kovalchuk to honor his NHL contract and report to the Devils once the CBA is signed, sealed and delivered. So does Lou Lamoriello. But that doesn't mean Kovalchuk can't get one last game in on Russian soil.Kovalchuk was listed on the roster for the KHL's All-Star Game, scheduled for Sunday, which happens to be the same day NHL clubs are expected to open training camps.

Now comes this from the KHL's VP of Hockey Ops (via Dmitry Chesnokov):

Kovalchuk received an offer [to play in the All Star Game] and is going to Chelyabinsk. Because the lockout is not officially over, the CBA will not be signed until Sunday.

Tags: CBA, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, New Jersey Devils, Quote
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Although the official 48-game schedule remains very much in flux, the "crucial dates" are beginning to come into focus. Here are some of the key dates so far:

  1. News began to filter through most of the league's beat writers last night that the season will begin for most teams on Saturday, Jan. 19. As Tom Gulitti of The Record notes, the Prudential Center is booked that date, meaning the Devils will likely open on the road.
  2. The Globe & Mail reports broadcast executives have been told the lockout will push the NHL season a month later than usual. The regular season will end in the beginning of May and the Stanley Cup playoffs could end as late as June 25, while John Shannon says the Cup finals could stretch to June 28.
  3. According to Puck Daddy, all of these schedule shenanigans means the NHL draft -- to be hosted by the Devils and the Prudential Center -- will be held June 29-30. For those following the math, that means we could see the season end one night and the draft start the next.
All of these dates are very much in flux and, as you can see, different reporters have heard different things regarding specific end dates. The one thing we do know is the CBA is expected to ratified Saturday with training camps opening Sunday. Whether Ilya Kovalchuk will be there Sunday is another issue entirely.
Tags: CBA, lockout, NHL, Schedule

The NHL Board of Governors is meeting today at 1PM in New York to ratify the new CBA. Gary Bettman is expected to address the Governors and explain to them how the lockout played out and how they can go about growing their business again.

Ken Campbell writes at The Hockey News that the first step the NHL can take is by announcing that within two years Bettman will no longer be the Commissioner.

Campbell writes "The league owes its fans. And one way it can display that it is truly willing to turn the page is to tell Bettman that he must go. It?s not because all of this is necessarily Bettman?s fault because he has been doing the bidding of his employers, but the reality is that he has been the central character of three lockouts and history will show his name will always be associated with those work stoppages before anything else. He is the lightning rod for criticism and has done a remarkable job of accepting those terms of employment over the past 20 years."

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In the Toronto Star, Damien Cox writes that when the lockout officially ends and the season starts, many fans are going to feel "dirty" and "ashamed" about buying tickets and supporting a league that has prevented, at least for half a season, hockey from being played.

He writes "how else could they possibly feel? The league and the players have this week taken their obvious lack of respect to the people who fund their enterprise to new heights."

David Shoalts writes in the Globe and Mail that it is time for the fans to treat the NHL like any other business, "Try and think of another business with customers that pay it that kind of money that treats them this way. Try and think of another industry whose first response to the expiration of a labour agreement is to shut down."

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According to Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com, there are rules in the CBA that allow teams to trade 50% of a players cap hit/salary to another team to facilitate a trade.

Teams are not allowed to trade more than 50% of a players contract. He adds that only 15% of your salary cap can include contracts and salaries that were acquired via this kind of trade.

For example, the Rangers could trade Arron Asham (cap hit and salary of $1 million) to another team and only be on the hook for a cap hit and salary of $500,000.

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At Sportsnet, John Shannon writes that it is long overdue for the NHL and NHLPA to resolve their differences and put their energy into a partnership that would actually grow the game and create more revenue.

The business side of the NHL, he writes, is truly suffering from all of the fighting that has taken place.

Shannon writes, "The players have to stop calling out the commissioner. The owners have to stop throwing anonymous barbs the way of the union. Plain and simple, it is not in the best interest of the business of the NHL. "

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It's amazing that it took this long, but hockey's back.

The news of a tentative agreement on a new CBA broke in the middle of the night, at around 5am this morning after a 16-hour negotiating session. It's almost as if both sides were working extremely hard trying to get a deal done, with urgency that had not been seen during this entire process.

For the last two days the two sides came together for marathon negotiations in New York City. Both sides realized that they would lose the season (or worse) if an agreement wasn't reached soon. For months the sides didn't meet, or had negotiations that ended in posturing and blustering. It was a carnival show that dragged on for months, and drove pretty much everyone all of us crazy.

Tags: Islanders, lockout, News, Editorial Aside
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According to Nick Kypreos, the two compliance buyouts that each team is entitled to can be used in the summers of 2013 and 2014 only.

He adds that teams have the option to use both buyout at once.

Chris Johnston writes that the buyouts will cost the teams 2/3rds of what is remaining on the deal.

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5:23AM: According to many reports, the NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement to end the NHL lockout.

Some of the details that have emerged are:

  • 10-year CBA with an opt-out after EIGHT years
  • Contracts limited to SEVEN YEARS to sign a new player, EIGHT to sign your own player.
  • The salary cap will be $64.3 million in 2013-14. The floor will be $44 million.
  • 5:55AM: Kypreos says that the contract variance is 35%
  • 5:58AM: Elliotte Friedman says that the lowest paid season of any multi-year deal can be no lower than 50% of the highest season.
9:17AM: Johnston says that anything over $900,000 in the minor leagues will count against the salary cap. He adds "To be clear, one-way deals in AHL totalling the minimum salary plus $375,000 are exempt from cap. The NYR have a decision on Redden."

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10:03PM: Renaud Lavoie says that it is too early to tell how soon a possible deal can be struck

10PM: Kevin Paul Dupont tweets "Vet agent: deal as good as done, league now taking it to final hour, grabbing what's left to take off table."

8:57PM: Louis Jean, a reporter from Montreal, spoke with Bill Daly who said that the two sides will keep talking through the night until the they hit a wall or the talks start being counterproductive.

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3:11PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the NHL appears willing to come off of their demand of a salary cap of $60 million for next season but will want something in exchange for that move.

8:44AM: At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun predicts that the NHL will end up bending a bit and raise their salary cap proposal to between $62 million and $62.5 million.

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2:50PM: Nick Cotsonika tweets that in a role reversal, it is the NHL side of things that is saying things are close instead of the PA.

2:43PM: Aaron Portzline spoke with the a player who said that people were getting "ahead of themselves right now" and nothing is guaranteed.

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Damien Cox tweets "Looks like game of chicken is going distance. Fehr believes NHL will give on all issues rather than cancel season. We'll see if he's right. "

In The Hockey News, Ken Campbell writes "the players and their leader, Don Fehr, meanwhile, show almost no interest in doing any meaningful bargaining until the pressure of a lockout emerges. Then the players? association does a ritualistic mating dance with the NHL that is based primarily on avoiding the issues, showing up late and unprepared for meetings and playing an enormous number of head games."

In the NY Post, Mark Everson writes that there is some belief that if the season is lost, Gary Bettman will lose his job.

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Last night on twitter, Aaron Ward said that the federal mediator that has been part of talks all week was brought in at the request of the NHL.

Kevin Allen wrote that if nothing else, the mediation process has allowed some of the anger and "heat" between the two sides to subside a bit.

Pierre LeBrun writes at ESPN.com that both sides told the mediator that there is a little "wiggle room" on the key issues.

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At The Record, Andrew Gross writes that it is time for the NHL to switch up their point system and start awarding three points for a win in regulation, two points for an OT or shootout win and one point for an OT/SO loss.

He says that implementing a 3-2-1 would increase the intensity that teams play with in third periods and give more games a playoff kind of feel.

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In the Toronto Sun, Damien Cox writes that while the NHL and NHLPA don't trust each other and can't agree on much, what they can agree on is despising and not respecting their fans.

Cox writes "while they waste time, they?re also essentially telling their customers that they know they?ll buy whatever they have to sell and whenever they decide to sell it. They?ll take it and like it and may-I-have-another-sir."

He adds that "Not once has either Bettman or Fehr said something like, ?We ask our fans to bear with us. We?re trying. But it?s going to take time.?

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1/7/13: This is not going to happen, this season, or in the near future according to Puck Daddy.

1/4/13:The other day on twitter, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet wrote "Although it hasn't been brought up in negotiations both NHL NHLPA have had internal discussions on 4 more teams qualifying for playoffs."

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https://twitter.com/DamoSpin/status/287231474137169921

Darren Dreger writes "Because of lack of trust both sides say all language will have to be carefully executed before "Game On" declared. By product of yesterday?"


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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that the actual % of which salary can vary from season to season may be as high as 30%, but that no season can be lower than 60% of the highest.

https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/286997888821784576

Mirtle has more on this in the Globe and Mail.

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9:48AM: At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes "Logic dictates a deal will get done, given what little separates both sides. But logic has been benched for long periods of this sordid game."


9:24AM:In a post to twitter, Nick Cotsonika wrote "Now that we're past deadline for 52 games, it would make little difference if they reached a deal today or in a week. And so we wait."

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At Sportsnet, Michael Grange writes that there are two groups of people who are talking to Gary Bettman and telling what their different wants are.

One group is the big market teams, like the Rangers and Maple Leafs, along with corporate sponsors and TV broadcast holders who want the NHL back on the ice.

The other group includes the small market teams that are struggling like Florida and Columbus who "see this next CBA as being the key to their ability to survive, if not thrive."

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According to Gary Lawless in the Winnipeg Free Press, Gary Bettman is ready to cancel the NHL season this coming Thursday if a deal isn't done or appears imminent.

Lawless was told this information from a "veteran member of the NHL's board of Governors."

He writes that the league is under the impression that Donald Fehr isn't interested in making a deal until after Bettman has cancelled the season and he is intentionally slowing down the talks.

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7:15PM: Dandenault adds "I still believe their will be season...just very tough negociation..."

6:50PM: Mathieu Dandenault sent out a tweet saying "The nhl and nhlpa talks r dead for now...look for the players to disclaim."

Larry Brooks tweets "Belief within PA that Bettman/Batterman pulled bait and switch after initial disclaimer deadline passed."

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2:55PM: Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Central at Noon that the salary cap fight is turning into big market owners vs small market owners and the big market owners don't want to see the cap come down.

Doug MacLean once again notes that Gary Bettman warned the big market teams to be careful about how the managed the cap because the CBA was expiring. MacLean adds that the small market teams are "adamant" that the floor is not higher than $44 million.

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10:54AM: Elliotte Friedman tweets that this "is quite the concession from players...proof that NHL was going to hold firm on money being "outside the system." But, remember "Nothing is done until everything is done," as one source says.

10:12AM: Michael Grange tweets that the NHL has agreed to TWO amnesty buyouts prior to the 2013-14 season.

Grange also notes that the two sides have agreed on year to year salary variances of 20%

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10:29PM: Chris Botta says "NHL isn't taking PA disclaimer seriously. Fehr isn't taking Bettman's Jan. 11 deadline seriously. The mistrust never ends."

10:23PM: Nick Kypreos says that there are still stumbling blocks with the pension and some owners say that the NHLPA proposal leaves the owners with too much liability.

10:16PM: Montreal reporter L.A. says "From what I've heard this evening, there's more hype than true reason for optimism in NHLvsNHLPA discussions. Decertification still possible"

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3:42PM: Nick Kypreos says that the league is aware that the players filing their disclaimer of interest is a "real possibility."

3:39PM: According to Pierre LeBrun, Bruce Garrioch, Elliotte Friedman and Darren Dreger, the meeting between the NHL and NHLPA is over and the NHLPA made a presentation to the league on the details of their counter offer to the offer that the NHL made last night.

The two sides are expected to meet again tonight.

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According to Andy Strickland of True Hockey, The NHLPA has countered the NHL offer of 6 year contracts, seven if you are re-signing your own player, with an offer of eight years contracts across the board.

He writes that the players are still concerned with the salary variance from year to year, which the NHL proposed to be 10%. The NHLPA has previously proposed 25%.

Strickland also notes that the NHL is holding firm at $60 million for the 2013-14 salary cap and that the players are moving in that direction.

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In an article written at CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that we will have a very big indication on how the talks between the NHL and NHLPA are progressing as today is the deadline for the players to disclaim interest and dissolve their union.

He notes that if the players see the talks going in the right direction they are less likely to disclaim but if talks aren't where the players want them to be but "if things devolve into a fugutive-style train wreck" the players will disclaim and the battle will leave the boardroom and head to the court room.

Darren Dreger just tweeted "To disclaim or not to disclaim...that is the question.? PA exec board expected to have conf call today to decide."

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10:10PM: Katie Strang tweets "Bettman said league obliged on some things asked for by the union, while stood firm on others. Is "glad to see" process continue"

10:07PM: Bettman says that the two sides plan on meeting tomorrow.

Chris Johnston tweets:

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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that one of the encouraging signs of the CBA negotiations is that many of the involved parties are keeping their mouths shut and not leaking out much information.

Friedman says that the two sides are finally showing how serious they are about making a deal, but that there is no guarantee that it leads anywhere.

He does note that even during the final stages of the NBA lockout there were arguments and heated discussions but it ended with a deal getting done.

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