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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says full season 'not going to be reality'

3:16 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
(AP File)
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NEW YORK (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says it looks like a full-82 game schedule "is not going to be a reality," as the lockout nears its seventh week.

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday announcing the New York Islanders' move from Nassau Coliseum to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015, Bettman seemed resigned to looking at a shortened season with the NHL and the players' association still at odds after months of negotiations.

Thursday is Bettman's deadline to reach a new collective bargaining agreement in time to preserve a full season. But talks have not been scheduled for this week at all. Last week, Bettman offered up a third proposal to the NHLPA in Toronto, but he and union head Donald Fehr did not come to a deal.

This is the third lockout of Bettman's tenure. The stoppage began on Sept. 15.

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