NHL's CBA gathering a real 'meeting of the minds'

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (left) and Maple Leafs minority owner Larry Tanenbaum return to...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (left) and Maple Leafs minority owner Larry Tanenbaum return to labour negotiations in New York, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2012. (ERIC THAYER/Reuters)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:09 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Hour after hour, they met behind closed doors at a hotel in New York City, the NHL season hanging in the balance.

On one side, a sticks-in-the-middle collection of players, enough for four lines and three sets of defencemen — minus Don Fehr, the head coach everyone loves to hate.

Glaring across the boardroom table, six owners, minus their irascible ringleader, Gary Bettman.


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