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Sides meet for informal talks today, lockout still imminent

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Bill Daly and Bob Batterman of the NHL listen to Commissioner Gary Bettman’s media conference at Crowne Plaza Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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With the lockout set to begin at midnight tonight, the only talks set to occur today will be informal ones.

Tim Panaccio of reports Steve Fehr and Bill Daly will meet to discuss whether they’ve got any common ground to start serious negotiating again. The one thing both sides could agree on was that they had no idea if that would actually happen.

Panotch further reports that if/when the lockout goes down tonight, neither side will make a formal announcement about it happening, it will just begin and that’ll be that. Without serious discussions going on today, a work stoppage will be impossible to avoid, then it’s just a question of how long it will last.