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The NHL and NHL Players’ Association held a lengthy meeting to discuss keeping the current collective bargaining agreement past 2020 and agreed to meet again next week to continue the talks.The sides met for more than two hours Thursday to talk about a CBA extension that could pave the way for a World Cup of Hockey in 2020.“I think we had a constructive dialogue http://www.officiallightningprostore.com/authentic-adidas-mikhail-sergachev-jersey ,” Commissioner Gary Bettman told The Associated Press on Thursday night. “But beyond that, we have nothing to announce and I have nothing to add.”The current CBA runs until 2022, but the league and players each have the option this September to terminate it effective Sept. 15, 2020. Because a World Cup would happen in the fall of 2020, the league has linked labor peace to the ability to put on another version of the tournament, which returned in 2016.Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly have said previously a CBA agreement would need to be in place by around the end of January to begin planning a World Cup. It’s not clear if enough progress has been made to make that a realistic objective, though NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider voiced some positives about the situation.“We went longer than we thought (we would),” Schneider said. “We’re having another meeting. So I think that speaks for itself.”Daly said the discussions were “substantive” enough to keep talking next week in Toronto.Among the issues players have expressed concerns with in the current CBA are escrow payments to confirm to a 50/50 split of revenue that decrease their paychecks and no agreement to participate in the Olympics.The World Cup of Hockey, where revenues were split evenly in 2016 between owners and players, would seem to be a subject of agreement. But because of escrow Nikita Kucherov Jersey , the Olympics and other issues, there’s no simple path to a solution.“It’s too early to really predict success or failure,” Daly said. “But I think there’s a commitment by both sides to try to meet again and see if we can move forward on something that might work for a CBA extension.” The New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets come into Saturday’s game for the second night of a back-to-back at Nationwide Arena from different directions.The Blue Jackets (9-6-1) headed west back to Columbus after a 2-1 victory on Friday night in Washington over the Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions.The Rangers (7-7-2) traveled 180 miles south from Detroit after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in overtime to the Red Wings that ended their four-game winning streak.Article continues below ...The Blue Jackets didn’t want to talk about facing the Capitals for the first time since losing a six-game series to the eventual champions in the first round of the playoffs last season after leading 2-0 and dropping Game 3 in overtime. But they clearly played inspired hockey with hard checking and stellar goaltending.“I think they know they’re playing against a pretty good team,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “They have to push and find a way to beat them. I don’t think you need an extra push.”But when push came to shove, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was there for the Blue Jackets, finishing with 33 saves. He weathered an onslaught by the Capitals in the final minutes, including the final 43 seconds when Washington had a six-on-four advantage after pulling goalie Braden Holtby.The lone goal that Bobrovsky allowed was on a second-period power play.Bobrovsky has begun to return to his Vezina Trophy form after a slow start this season.“He was outstanding in the first period,” Tortorella said. “We could have been down 4-1. We were so sloppy.”Bobrovsky or backup Joonas Korpisalo could start in goal against the Rangers.“I will enjoy this one,” Bobrovsky said. “It was a tough game. We know Washington has a good team. It wasn’t easy. We defended well. I thought we played a strong game.”Each of the Blue Jackets’ two goals was scored on a power play. Oliver Bjorkstrand Ondrej Palat Jersey , who had been a healthy scratch in the previous game, made the most of his opportunity and struck first in the opening period after taking a between-the-legs pass from teammate Nick Foligno and finding an open net.Bjorkstrand, who led the Blue Jackets with five shots on goal, was only in the lineup because Cam Atkinson was out with an illness. Atkinson might return against the Rangers.“I needed to play some good hockey and it felt good,” Bjorkstrand said. “It was nice to get a goal.“I won some battles and I played hard.
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