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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fresh Hope for NHL

CHICAGO () -- In a bargaining session that raised hopes of saving the season, National Hockey League players Thursday gave ground on at least one issue, and both sides agreed in principle on several others. The owners and the union met for about eight hours in wide-ranging discussions aimed at ending the 62-day lockout.

Neither side would characterize Thursday's talks, but the Canadian Press reported the union had dropped its desired salary ceiling to $1.25 million from $1.5 million for first-round players, while the NHL remained at $700,000.