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Owners, players want to cut out the mediators

Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza (R) celebrates his empty net goal with teammate Zenon Konopka during...

Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza (R) celebrates his empty net goal with teammate Zenon Konopka during the third period against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter final playoff hockey game in Madison Square Garden in New York, April 21, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

The NHL Players’ Association is still trying to decide whether to take a shot or pass on Gary Bettman’s invitation to sit down with the owners.

The union’s negotiating committee and executive board held a conference call Friday to stickhandle around the idea tabled by the NHL commissioner, moments after an attempt to sit down with a federal mediator fell apart Thursday.


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