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No Progress Made in NHL Talks

February 19, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Even with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux at the bargaining table, the NHL and the players’ association still weren’t able to come to an agreement Saturday that would un-cancel the hockey season.

NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly told The Associated Press that there was no progress made in the 6 1/2-hour meeting.

Just three days after the season was called off because of the protracted lockout, the NHL and the players’ association restarted talks at 9 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in New York.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players’ association executive director Bob Goodenow were not at the meeting, two sources told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

However, Gretzky, the managing partner of the Phoenix Coyotes, and Lemieux, the player-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, joined the talks aimed at getting a deal done that could save the season, the sources said.

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