NHL lockout: Gary Bettman calls 82-game season 'unlikely'

Bruce Bennett

Gary Bettman doesn't like the chances of an 82-game NHL season in 2012-13.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman isn't confident that an 82-game season will played in 2012-13. Speaking at a press conference announcing the New York Islanders move to Brooklyn, Bettman said that the clock is ticking on the chance to play a full season.

"The [NHL Players' Association] has chosen not to engage on our proposal or make a proposal of their own," Bettman said. "Unfortunately, it looks like an 82-game season is not going to be a reality."

Bettman and the league have said that in order for a full 82-game season to be played, the puck must be dropped on Nov. 2. In order for that to happen, training camps would have to open Friday, Oct. 26 and a deal would have to be worked out by Thursday, Oct. 25.

The NHLPA believes that the date is a bit more flexible, but hope is quickly fading in either case.

The league continues to hold their hard-line position that the NHLPA must negotiate off of their most-recent proposal. Bettman and league brass quickly turned down three separate proposals from the union last Thursday, two days after presenting their proposal to the players.

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