Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Revived NHL Talks Produce No Progress; Lockout Reaches 88 Days with No Additional Meetings Scheduled

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Revived NHL Talks Produce No Progress; Lockout Reaches 88 Days with No Additional Meetings Scheduled

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NEW YORK The latest round of NHL labor talks ended with the two sides not even getting into the same room with each other.

The players association and league negotiators met separately Wednesday with federal mediators in suburban New Jersey, holding discussions that didnt immediately appear to move the sides any closer to a deal to save the hockey season.

There was hope going into Wednesday that negotiations could get back on track to the point they were last Thursday before talks fell apart.

When the NHL agreed last week to increase its make-whole offer of deferred payments from $211 million to $300 million it was part of a proposal that required the union to agree on three non-negotiable points. Instead, the players association accepted the raise in funds but then made counterproposals on the issues the league stated had no wiggle room.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman then said that the offer was being pulled from the table. However, mediators informed the union Wednesday that the proposal was still available, but it carried a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum.

It wasnt much of a decision, said Brendan Morrison, one of 13 players to attend Wednesdays talks. I thought the gap would be closed much quicker, but it hasnt come to fruition yet, so we have to keep working.

All games through Dec. 30 have been canceled, about 43 percent of the season, along with the New Years Day Winter Classic, and the All- Star game.

No new meetings are scheduled.

Mediators rejoined the process Wednesday, at the request of the players association, after they were unable to move the sides any closer to a deal during two days of talks last month.

Whether they will stay involved beyond Wednesday remains to be seen.

We did several different caucus meeting rooms, and really theres nothing new to report, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Wednesday, the 88th day of the leagues lockout. We dont have a conclusion to the process.

The union was expected to get back in touch with federal mediator Scot L. …

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