Daly: 'We've made significant progress'

Updated: June 24, 2005, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The NHL and the players' association wrapped up five days of labor negotiations Friday, slowly moving toward an agreement that will end the lockout.

Talks are scheduled to resume Monday in New York.

"It was a very long week but I think both sides are working really hard to resolve and move the process forward," Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer, said Friday before boarding a plane for New York.

"We continued to make progress this week but there are still some issues that we need to talk about," he added. "We've made significant progress on most of the critical areas but that's all contingent on everything being resolved."

Daly would not say when he thought a deal could finally be done.

"There's a real sense of urgency of tying to get this behind us," Daly said.

The league and union met for about 15 hours a day this week.

"The two parties engaged in lengthy negotiations every day this week, and while progress has been made in a number of areas, there remains a considerable amount of work to be completed in order to reach an agreement," NHLPA senior director Ted Saskin said in a statement.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman canceled the hockey season Feb. 16 because of the lockout, which started Sept. 16.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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