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07-24-2012, 05:42 AM
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Next round of talks begin today:
Executive Director Donald Fehr says owners "have pointed us in a direction of some very tough hills to climb," with three days of talks set to begin Tuesday in Toronto. Fehr says the NHLPA is not yet prepared to make a counteroffer to the owners' initial proposal.

Fehr says the players will make their offer, "when we're ready."
"We've asked for a bunch of additional financial information," Fehr said at an NHLPA charity golf tournament at Milton, Ontario. "They've indicated that the preparation is in progress and we'll need to review that before we come to any final conclusions."
"What I've said about player contracts, and I'll continue to say especially when you see one like that one, or the earlier ones this year or things in past years and so on, is that contracts speak for themselves," Fehr said. "You don't have to be somebody extraordinarily well-versed in the intricacies of hockey and economics and capology to draw conclusions from it."

Fehr said negotiations are scheduled to go on next week, as well.

"There's a ways to go yet," he said.

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