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November 7, 2012

NHL, union return to bargaining table

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NEW YORK —

“We’re hopeful that we’ll start bargaining and we’ll continue bargaining until we find a way to make a deal.”

The NHL requested that the exact location for Tuesday’s negotiations in New York be kept secret, and the players’ association adhered. Time is becoming a bigger factor every day that passes without a deal. The lockout, which went into effect Sept. 16 after the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, has already forced the cancellation of 327 regular-season games — including the New Year’s Day outdoor Winter Classic in Michigan.

Whether any of the games that have been called off through Nov. 30 can be rescheduled if an agreement is made soon hasn’t been determined. But the NHL has already said that a full 82-game season won’t be played.

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