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    NHL is talking, but no deal is imminent

    NEW YORK — While the NHL and the players’ association are keeping the lines of communication open, they don’t seem to be moving any closer to getting back to the bargaining table.

    For the second straight day, representatives on both sides of the lockout had telephone conversations Sunday. None of those talks have yet led to concrete negotiations that could lead to an elusive collective bargaining agreement.

    ‘‘We had a conference call today to answer some of their questions,’’ NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail Sunday. ‘‘No bargaining. And no bargaining meetings scheduled.’’


    Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr also had discussions on Saturday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr didn’t take part in Sunday’s conference call.

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    The lockout entered its 36th day Sunday. Both sides said they made proposals this week that could provide the basis for an agreement.

    ‘‘There are multiple frameworks for a deal on the table,’’ Steve Fehr said Sunday. ‘‘We gave them three good ones on Thursday. Each moves toward a 50-50 split of [hockey-related revenue] that the league wants. Each allows the contracts in place to be honored.

    ‘‘Unfortunately, after considering these proposals for about 10 minutes the league rejected them and essentially said that they are not moving off their last proposal.’’

    On Friday, the NHL canceled games through Nov. 1.


    The league said in its most recent proposal to the players that a deal must be reached by Thursday for the season to start on Nov. 2 and to complete an 82-game season.