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NHL labor meetings resume Wednesday in NYC

| Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 10:34 p.m.
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) steals the puck from New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) in front of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday March 2, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The NHL will resume negotiations with its Players Association Wednesday in New York.

Although members of the two sides spoke on Tuesday, no negotiations were held.

Members of the NHL and NHLPA met for about two hours Monday night.

The NHL expressed disappointment that Don Fehr, the NHLPA executive director, did not provide a new proposal even though he called for meetings to take place this week.

Many of the Penguins — and a former Penguins forward — are hoping for good news from New York later this week.

“If we lose another entire season,” said Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone, “then shame on all of us.”

Malone, who is visiting his family in Pittsburgh this week for Thanksgiving, remains close with center Sidney Crosby and a number of other Penguins.

Like his former teammates, Malone is hoping for good news.

“This whole thing is crazy,” said Malone, who has already missed one season because of a labor dispute. “You just kind of keep waiting for good news.”

Although the NHLPA had internal meetings with Fehr on Monday night and Tuesday, it remains unknown if it will make a new, complete proposal when the sides meet Wednesday.

“I think we (NHLPA officials) are meeting internally right now to decide if we're going to propose something at the next meeting,” Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “I think the plan all along was to move this thing forward. I hope that happens in the next couple of days.”

According to Penguins player representative Craig Adams, Monday's meeting touched on “economic issues and contracting.”

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jyohe@tribweb.com or 412-664-9161 Ext. 1975.

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