Hockey talks resume in New York

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr are back at the bargaining table.

The leaders of the NHL and NHL Players’ Association resumed negotiations Monday night on a new collective bargaining agreement with a large supporting cast at their sides.

The two men discussed the possibility of taking a break from talks last week, but Fehr thought it would be best if the sides continued to meet. The NHLPA’s executive director initiated the gathering at the NHL’s New York office and was responsible for setting its agenda.

The union held internal meetings on Monday afternoon. The evening bargaining session was expected to include owners, general managers and players along with the key negotiators for each side.

It will be the first time they’ve sat down together since Nov. 11, when talks broke off after the fifth formal session in six days.

The sides have been unable to agree on proposed changes to player contract rights and how to share revenue, and will also need to sort out how they pay for the damage of a lockout.

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