NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr (center) glances at his notes as he stands in front of players, including Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (second from left), following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Oct. 18, 2012. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received three counter-proposals from the players' association on Thursday and left the negotiating table "thoroughly disappointed," further shrinking the possibility of a full hockey regular season. (Associated Press/The Canadian Press)

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NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr (center) glances at his notes as he stands in front of players, including Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (second from left), following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Oct. 18, 2012. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received three counter-proposals from the players' association on Thursday and left the negotiating table "thoroughly disappointed," further shrinking the possibility of a full hockey regular season. (Associated Press/The Canadian Press)