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CBA stalemate and notes

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman poses at the offices

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman poses at the offices of the National Hockey League in New York. (Apr. 19, 2011) (Credit: AP)

Quick roundup: 

Nothing positive on the labor stalemate. 

The four big dogs---Bettman, Fehr, Daly and Steve Fehr---met on their own in Toronto in the morning, and then cancelled a larger afternoon session to regroup.

The sides remain far apart and are supposed to chat again today and next week in New York to try to find some common ground. Clock is ticking. Nothing has changed my long-held thought that there won’t be a deal before October or November.

Meanwhile, some players want to compile and make public a “diver’s list” to halt embellishment. Why not have players wear a scarlet “D” or a splash logo on their jerseys?  Read this: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=640294

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Edmonton’s Taylor Hall cashed in: A seven-year deal worth $42 million.   

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On the Rangers: Chris Kreider, among others, off to fourth annual Upper Deck rookie camp next week for shoots for trading cards and memorabilia.

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If you didn’t know, covered Mets 6-2 loss to lowly Rockies at Citi on Tuesday along with Newsday’s savvy baseball columnist Dave Lennon. Strange game between two weak-sister teams that started out as 1-0 Mets thorough 5, with Chris Young, of all pitchers, setting down first 15. But the errors, botched rundowns, misplays, bone-headed decisions, stolen bases….tough watch.  Mets looked like a dead team walking. 

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