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The NHL has moved toward the players’ side in the contentious issue of the “make-whole” provision and whose share of the economic pie that money will come from. But work remains to get an agreement done.

Other core economic issues _ mainly the split of hockey-related revenue _ along with contract lengths, arbitration and free agency also will need to be agreed upon before a deal can be reached.

The players' association accepted a salary cap in the previous CBA, which wasn’t reached until after the entire 2004-05 season was canceled because of a lockout. The union doesn’t want to absorb the majority of concessions this time after the NHL had record revenue that exceeded $3 billion last season.