Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/9/12
NEW YORK (AP) NHL labor talks could be back on as early as this week after negotiations fell apart just a few days ago. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he has been in contact with the players' association, and the sides are working on returning to the bargaining table. Daly says in an email on Sunday: "Trying to set up something for this week, but nothing finalized yet." Talks broke down Thursday night after three straight days of talks at a New York hotel. Moments after players' association executive director Donald Fehr said he believed the sides were closing in on a deal to end the lockout, he was back at the podium to announce the NHL rejected the union's latest offer. Commissioner Gary Bettman followed him and angrily stated that the sides weren't close and added he didn't know why Fehr thought they were. Locked-out players hope to resume talks with NHL: Detroit Red Wings forward Dan Cleary help put together a hockey game that gave three players -- Kevin Westgarth, Shawn Horcoff and Jamal Mayers -- a chance to get more comfortable than they were earlier in the week. They were in a Canadian rink Saturday night, two days after being in a New York hotel where labor talks fell apart. Mayers, Horcoff and Westgarth say progress was made before the NHL decided to stop negotiating. Westgarth of the Los Angeles Kings says he is happy to be involved, but he would rather be on the ice. Horcoff, an Edmonton forward, believes the two sides have about a month left to save the season. Mayers, a Chicago Blackhawks forward, says he hopes owners realize how close they are to reaching a deal.
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