After a third straight day of negotiations toward establishing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, between NHL owners and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the sides don’t appear any closer to finding a solution, following five-hours of meetings.  NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke on Sunday and expressed disappointment in the progress.

“As I said [Friday] night, these meetings are necessary but they’ve been described, I think, as the underbrush.  Certainly, they are not the main issues that need to be tackled to get a deal.”

What Daly is referring to finding common ground on the interpretations of specific hockey-related revenue (HRR) elements.

Opening night for the 2012-13 season is scheduled for Oct. 11. All preseason games have been cancelled. There are no official dates set for a substantial meeting.