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Owners and players return to bargaining table

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Collective bargaining negotiations between the NHL and NHL Players' Association have picked up only a few hours after they ended.

Owners and players returned to the table this morning hoping to build on the progress made a day earlier.

NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr described Tuesday's discussions as the best day yet in more than five months of talks.

He stood alongside deputy commissioner Bill Daly and spoke briefly following more than eight hours of meetings that ended just before midnight.

Daly thanked the 18 players involved in talks that saw commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr left out of the room.

That same group returned this morning along with the six owners that represented the league.

The NHL's Board of Governors were expected to meet later in the day -- the first time all 30 owners have gathered since they authorized the start of the lockout in September.

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