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NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) - A glimmer of hope that progress might be made in the NHL lockout was quickly extinguished Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, including Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press, the NHLPA requested a meeting with the NHL on Wednesday — or any other day this week. But no sooner than the news broke that the NHLPA wanted to meet, deputy commissioner Bill Daly quashed the idea of meeting, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, with Daly saying “There’s no reason to meet.”
The two sides have not met since last Thursday, when the NHLPA presented three offers to the NHL, all of which were rejected.
The NHL continues to say it only wants to negotiate off the offer it presented to the players last Tuesday despite the fact that the NHLPA presented three different deals on Thursday.
The NHL was hoping to start a full 82-game season on Nov. 2, but for that to happen a deal would have to be reached by Thursday. The league has said that any delay beyond that could result in the cancellation of signature events.
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