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NHL set to resume talks later today, with players' association setting the agenda

The NHL, with talks at a standstill last week, suggested taking a break from meeting with the players' association. The NHLPA said no.

We will find out soon why it wanted to meet again.

The sides in hockey's labor dispute will reconvene in New York later today (and possibly not until tonight). The league says it has no idea what's on the agenda.

"The meeting was requested by the union and it's their agenda," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on NHL.com. "We will see what they have to tell us."

The league insists it is far apart on the framework to a collective bargaining agreement, while the union has said the sides are not. It is not known whether the NHLPA will present a new proposal today.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Gary Bettman has joined Daly in saying the players are not striving to find common ground.

"The union has shown an unwillingness to negotiate," Bettman told the Winnipeg Free Press on Sunday. "So certainly, if they're not negotiating in a meaningful way now, what would they be doing if we were playing under the old system? The entire strategy appeared to be an attempt to maintain what the union had under the expired CBA, which is something they're not entitled to."

In the 30-minute phone call with the newspaper, Bettman also:

*praised the league's revenue sharing system, which the NHLPA wants to alter;

*called a Philadelphia report claiming Flyers owner Ed Snider has soured on the lockout a "fabrication," which has led to backlash by some journalists;

*said he loves the players and the game.

"I work for the owners but I work for the game," Bettman told the newspaper. "What I do transcends what I do for the owners. I do work for the game and I try to do the best I can for the game. You'll find in the course of labour disputes, there's always a lot of rhetoric. Most of it is just noise. Most of it is misinformed. There's propaganda. It's just a fact of life that you live with.

"By the way, I love the players. Nobody should think for a moment that I don't. If I didn't I wouldn't do this job. I couldn't do this job. I believe in the players. I don't believe in what's going on right now. It's part of the business of the game. The least attractive part of the game."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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