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“We are closer by definition (to canceling regular season games),” he added. “We are focused on minimizing the damage.”

Players' Association Executive Director Donald Fehr contends that the union has made proposals that move closer to the NHL’s position, and that the league has moved further away from the players.

Steve Fehr disputed Daly’s assessment that progress wasn’t made on Tuesday.

“Talks can resume anytime they’re ready,” he said.