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Negotiations unlikely to resume tonight, but Bettman wants to keep talks alive

Nov 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

The CBA talks recessed Friday night and left NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr with “some things to consider.”

Despite some initial speculation that they might resume tonight, multiple prominent reporters, including Sportsnet’s John Shannon are saying that the talks are done for the day. On top of that, it sounds like there wasn’t a lot of progress Friday.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it doesn’t look like the talks are on the verge of breaking down.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is willing to resume the talks after the union has completed their internal discussions, according to Canadian Press writer Chris Johnston.

Bettman is fine with meeting through the weekend if it helps and he is open to skipping the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions on Monday in order to continue the talks.

When exactly the negotiations will resume is still up in the air, but it sounds like the talks aren’t dead yet. In other words, there’s still hope that the latest round of talks will eventually bring this lockout to its conclusion.

If you want to watch Bettman’s full press conference, you can do so below:

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