Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/16/12

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 16: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference before the NHL game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Jobing.com Arena on November 16, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that Gary Bettman suggested to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr on Wednesday that the two sides take a two-week moratorium from negotiations. Fehr informed Bettman he'd like to speak with his membership first and should have an answer today. Here's NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on the talks... "I find it incredible that the Union is suggesting that we are somehow 'close' to a deal. They have utterly refused to negotiate for months. They have made essentially one proposal -- five times. They continue to request a 'guaranteed' Players Share as part of the next agreement and we repeatedly tell them maybe they should get a reality check. And in the mean time, maybe they can make their position clear to us on 50-50, on the make-whole and on Player Contracting issues. "I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process." To which NHLPA's special counsel Steve Fehr responded... "Of course everyone on the pl...
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