Monday, December 18, 2017
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More informal talk in NHL lockout

NEW YORK — Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players association special counsel Steve Fehr spoke to each other Saturday, but the sides still had no plans to meet face to face as a deadline to preserve a full season drew nearer.

No details of what Daly and Fehr discussed were released, but both sides said there were no new developments on the 35th day of the lockout. No formal talks were scheduled.

The NHL on Friday canceled a second stretch of games, 53 from Thursday through Nov. 1. It previously called off the season's first two weeks, from Oct. 11-24. A total of 135 games have been scratched, 11 percent of the season.

The league said in its most recent proposal for a collective bargaining agreement a deal must be reached by Thursday in order for the season to start on Nov. 2 and for each team to play a complete 82-game season.

Talks broke off quickly Thursday after the union made three counterproposals that were rejected by the NHL, two days after the league's latest offer.

That the league took about 10 minutes to reject the offers was another indication "this is going to be fairly long road," union head Donald Fehr said.

"I try to not get excited and not get disappointed," he told the Ottawa Sun in an interview late Friday. "I've learned from long experience that all that does is burn my hormones. You sort of have to ride every day, take it where it is. If it works out good, that's a good day. If it doesn't work out so good, that's a day that isn't so good and you try to figure out a way to do a better one tomorrow. That's what I try to do.

"It's clear the players are really disappointed."

Lightning ahl team streaks on: Syracuse came back from five goals down less than seven minutes into the second period to beat host Binghamton 6-5 in overtime. Richard Panik scored the winner to cap a three-point night. Syracuse improved to 3-0-0-1. Several of its players were with the Lightning's AHL team last season when it was in Norfolk and had a 28-game winning streak and 70 wins in 94 regular-season and playoff games, and won the league championship.

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