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Daly doesn’t think owners will attend next CBA meeting

Dec 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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Kevin Westgarth complained that owners new to the talks last week weren’t up to speed and Ron Hainsey thinks the negotiations broke down partially due to a miscommunication.

Perhaps that’s why NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn’t “anticipate any owners participating in our next meeting,” according to New York Daily News writer Pat Leonard.

Although Daly disagreed with Hainsey’s assertion that there was a miscommunication, he does think that a smaller group of negotiators might be preferable.

“I wouldn’t disagree with Ron that it is difficult to have real ‘negotiations’ with so many people in the room,” Daly told TSN. “It really needs to be done in a much tighter group setting.”

The NHL and union have been communicating and the hope is that the negotiations will resume this week. That being said, nothing has been scheduled yet.

Meanwhile the league announced the cancelation of games through Dec. 30.

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