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Full season looks impossible after league denies union's overture

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

Shortly after the players' union reached out to the league on Tuesday night to restart stalled labor negotiations, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly rebuffed the attempt.

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

No talks have been scheduled.

"I don't anticipate any taking place for the balance of the week," Daly said Tuesday night in an email to the Associated Press. "The Union has rejected the proposal we made last Tuesday and is not offering another one. We see nothing to be gained at this point by meeting just to meet."

Following a call for the union's executive board, the NHLPA told the league it was willing to meet today "or any other date, without preconditions, to try to reach an agreement."

And all of this came after it was revealed that club officials had a brief window last week to discuss the league's latest proposal with players. Those secretive discussions upset the union hierarchy.

LIGHTNING: Prospect Slater Koekkoek, the 10th overall pick in June's draft, was named to the Ontario Hockey League team that will face the Russian junior national team in the six-game Super Series, Nov. 5-15 in Canada. Koekkoek, 18, a defenseman, has two goals and seven points in 11 games as captain of the junior Peterborough Petes.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

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