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Sides might have discovered common ground

Updated: April 8, 2005, 6:36 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

ROMULUS, Mich. -- After meeting privately for more than an hour Thursday evening, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his players' association counterpart Bob Goodenow are expected to speak sometime next week and set a new date for the next round of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

The two leaders were part of a larger group that gathered for dinner following a six-hour discussion between NHL general mangers, union leaders and players on potential rules changes. Later, ...

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