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11-04-2012, 11:07 AM
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Bill Daly and Steve Fehr met amicably and had what both agree were effective discussions from late afternoon into the early morning. Despite having talked until one in the morning they are still hoping to meet again early this week. Sounds like some serious momentum, to me.

Given the owners offer to "cover" (Dreger's word) the "make whole" provision in year one, I'm not surprised. How many players in the union have contracts beyond 2013? And with the NHLPA's growth rate projections, it seems pretty darn fair to do something that starts near 57% in year one, and comes down to 50% by year three and going through year six or seven.

So, they don't lose their entire salary this season, nor do they have to take a 12% hair cut to start. Most will have brand new contracts by 2014, anyhow.

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