from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
Pessimism is growing around the NHL's stalled collective bargaining talks.
With no future negotiations scheduled, the league is getting close to another round of game cancellations that will further shorten any potential season.
Asked on Thursday if the labour dispute had put the entire year in jeopardy, deputy commissioner Bill Daly replied "I hope not."
"But I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process," Daly added.
The league and NHL Players' Association appeared to be putting on a push to make an agreement last week when they met over six consecutive days in New York.
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