Players, NHL moving at snail's pace

NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr listens

NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr listens to a question during a news conference after a meeting of the NHLPA executive board in Chicago. (June 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Talks between the NHL and the NHLPA stalled somewhat on Day 111 of the lockout Friday, as federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh shuttled between the midtown Manhattan bunkers of the two warring sides all day. The sides are scheduled to meet Saturday morning.

Players continued to vote to authorize executive director Donald Fehr and the union's executive board to file a second disclaimer of interest that would dissolve the union and allow players to file antitrust suits. That process is to end at 6 p.m Saturday, although is it unclear when the union will notify the league of its intent.

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NHL attorney Shep Goldfein informed the federal court in Manhattan that the sides agreed that an expedited schedule on the PA's request to dismiss a mid-December NHL suit seeking to declare the lockout legal wasn't necessary. A conference before Judge Paul A. Engelmayer still is scheduled for Monday

Commissioner Gary Bettman has said that for a minimum 48-game season, games would have to begin Jan. 19, meaning an agreement would have to be reached by next week.

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