NHL talks not enough to break stalemate

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TORONTO — A face-to-face meeting between top officials from the NHL and NHL Players’ Association wasn’t enough to break their labor stalemate.

The sides spent almost five hours together going over accounting for last season, but didn’t emerge with any plan to resume negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The topic of the lockout wasn’t even raised, according to representatives from each group. Nine days in and negotiations remain stalled with owners and players holding their positions.

NHLPA head Donald Fehr and commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t attend the meeting.

Not only are the sides far apart on financial issues — they are roughly $1 billion apart based on the latest proposals — but they have also failed to find agreement on the process.

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