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Both sides claim they’re interested in negotiating

Dec 18, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

While the CBA talks have amounted to a pin drop since Friday, reps from the NHL and NHLPA claim that they’d be open to negotiating.

On the NHL’s side, Bill Daly said that they’re “all ears,” according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.

Meanwhile, Ron Hainsey argued that the players have always been open to discussions, but he also provided the Associated Press with a big-picture assessment of the stalemate.

“Nothing scheduled at this point,” Hainsey said. “We’ve always said we’re open to sit down and meet any time, and now we’re kind of in a situation where no one wants to make the first move. Maybe there is a way of doing it. Communication the past couple of days has been quiet. Maybe there is some way to get it started with something similar to what we had (in New York).”

In the end, many probably agree with Sidney Crosby‘s thoughts, via Yohe:

“I shake my head and wonder why we’re even at this point,” Crosby said.

Pretty much.

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