The Washington Times - October 24, 2012, 04:00PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the lockout and the very real possibility of no talks in the near future Wednesday at Barclays Center. Here’s some of what he had to say about CBA negotiations with the NHLPA:

“The union has chosen not to engage on our proposal or to make a new proposal of their own. So unfortunately it looks like the 82-game season is not going to be a reality, although the clock has a little bit of time to run. And things seem to be not progressing as we would like, and we’re disappointed.”

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“We said to them that we are prepared to meet if you want to discuss our offer or you want to make a new offer. They have no inclination in doing either, so there really was no point in meeting at this point.”

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“Collective bargaining, unless you’ve done it, isn’t something that you can cover like a game. The fact of the matter is, there are just some times where you need to take time off because it’s clear that you can’t do anything to move the process forward. And we’re at one of those points right now because we gave our very best offer. And that offer for better or for worse was contingent on playing an 82-game season. So I think things actually, in some respects may get more difficult.”

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“The timetable that I laid out that was that we needed to have a deal by tomorrow to open training camps on the 26th in order to have a one-week training camp and open the season on the 2nd. If we’re not in a position to do that, then as we said we’re not in the position to have an 82-game regular season.”

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“I remain the eternal optimist that hopefully something will get done. We are all obviously disappointed that things are where they are. But until we’re in a situation where the union is interested in making a deal to provide us with an agreement that will give us the long-term stability that we need, there’s not much we can do. You can’t dance with yourself.”