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First meeting since Feb. 19

Updated: March 11, 2005, 11:27 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association met for 1½ hours Friday in Toronto and expect to talk more next week.

The meeting that began around noon was the first between the sides since Feb. 19 -- three days after commissioner Gary Bettman canceled the 2004-05 season.

"It was just general conversation," players' association executive director Bob Goodenow said in a telephone interview. "We talked about how we might proceed on a going forward basis."

Bettman invited ...

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