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by Paul on 12/12/12 at 10:55 PM ET
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Wednesday's session between the sides -- the first since talks broke down last Thursday -- involved a federal mediator and lasted approximately six hours. Daly, though, said the sides were never in the same room.
Fehr wouldn't divulge details of the meeting, but he did not paint an optimistic picture.
"All I am going to say is there wasn't any change in position," Fehr said.
Several sources told ESPNNewYork.com that, to the NHLPA's understanding, the league's stance has not changed since last Thursday and that it maintains a "take-it-or-leave-it" position.
"That's not much of a decision," one player told ESPNNewYork.com, indicating the lack of progress from the day's session.
Daly told ESPNNewYork.com via email that the league never put its last offer on the table, although the mediator may have presented the union with a "what-if" scenario should it resurrect its proposal.
Regardless, it is believed that several players were upset at what they felt was the league's unwillingness to budge on the offer proposed last week, especially given the travel considerations made to participate in Wednesday's discussions. Eleven players attended the meeting, several of whom flew in to participate.
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