Originally written November 16, 2012 on NESN.com:
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TORONTO — Negotiations had already hit a wall in the ongoing hockey labor fight, and now the NHL has suggested the sides take an official two-week break before getting back to the bargaining table. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman floated the idea of a break to players’ association executive director Donald Fehr. The union hasn’t responded to the league yet, but the players maintained their position on Thursday night that they are ready and willing to meet at any time, and the only way to reach a deal to end the long lockout is to keep talking and negotiating. ”Gary suggested the possibility of a two-week moratorium,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday night. ”I’m disappointed because we don’t have a negotiating partner that has any genuine interest in reaching an agreement. Zero interest.” The suggestion of a break was first reported by The Canadian Press on Thursday night. With no new negotiations scheduled, and communication in...
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