TORONTO ó Forget optimism, hope is nearly gone as the NHL lockout drags on.
With no negotiations scheduled, and overall communication shutting down, too, the NHL appears to be getting close to calling off more games, putting the entire hockey season in jeopardy.
ďI hope not, but Iím more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process,Ē NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.
For the second straight day, the NHL and the playersí association werenít even in contact by phone.
The sides put on a push to make an agreement last week when they met over six consecutive days in New York.
However, Fridayís session ended with a heated exchange, and talks lasted only about an hour on Sunday.
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