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NHL rejects players' attempt to recommence negotiations

NEW YORK -- The little hope that existed for a full NHL season appears to be gone.

Shortly after the players' association reached out to the league on Tuesday to restart stalled labor negotiations, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly rebuffed the union's attempt.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week, in presenting the league's most recent offer to the players, that if a new collective bargaining agreement wasn't reached by this Thursday, it would be impossible for a full regular-season schedule to be played.

No talks have been scheduled, and no last-minute discussions seem to be on tap.

The players' association informed the NHL it is willing to meet on Wednesday “or any other date, without preconditions, to try to reach an agreement.”

The sides haven't met since the NHL turned down three counterproposals from the union on Thursday.

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