Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 12/14/12

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 17: Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 17, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With federal mediators presiding over CBA talks for a second straight day yesterday, progress had to have been made...right?... Doesn't sound like PA is willing to work with the NHL's 3 main issues. League responded by saying it won't budge. No progress. As you were. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 13, 2012 The three main issues are "make whole," free agency and arbitration rights. ...i'm sorry folks, unless Bettman and Fehr have the greatest poker faces of all time this ain't happening. Meanwhile, one person who has been watching these negotiations intensely is Michael Del Zotto's agent says Craig Custance at ESPN.com... "The coming transition rules debate between the league and NHLPA may impact the Del Zotto negotiations more than any of the five big RFAs. According to CapGeek.com, the Rangers are at $59 million in cap payroll, which gives them plenty of cap space if there's a temporary $70 million salary cap coming out of the lockout. But ...
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