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Crosby hopes sides feel sense of urgency to end lockout

| Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, 1:58 p.m.

The NHL and its Players' Association resumed meetings — and presumably negotiating — Monday afternoon in New York.

Hockey's biggest name hopes there is a sense of urgency to the latest talks because time is running out on the possibility of having a season.

“I would say that's pretty fair,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who skated at Southpointe on Monday after visiting Nova Scotia for the holidays during the previous week.

“If you look at the window we're looking at here, there are a couple of weeks. That's a fair assessment.”

The NHL made a surprising offer to the NHLPA on Thursday, and the sides have agreed to discuss the offer, with NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr expected to make a counter-proposal.

As of Monday afternoon, the union had significantly delayed the face-to-face meeting with NHL figures in New York while internal discussions continue.

Crosby is confident that the NHL's latest proposal was made in good faith. However, he also believes further discussions are required to produce an agreement.

Many players have balked at the $60 million proposed salary cap for the 2013-14 season.

“At this point,” Crosby said, “any dialogue or proposal is a step in the right direction. There are still some negotiations that need to take place, but it's something to build off. I don't look at this as a negative whatsoever.”

Neither Crosby nor Craig Adams is in New York for the talks even though both have been key figures during previous gatherings. Crosby and Adams were joined by teammates Pascal Dupuis, Joe Vitale, Deryk Engelland, Brooks Orpik and Ben Lovejoy for an informal workout on Monday.

Crosby expressed guarded optimism that negotiations could lead to a deal this week.

He also isn't looking into to playing in Europe. Not yet, anyway.

“I'm just kind of waiting to see what happens with negotiations,” he said. “Hopefully this is going to lead to something.”

The NHL will likely showcase a 48-game schedule if an agreement is made within the next 10 days.

“I've always said since Day 1 that the more games we get in, the better it is for everyone,” Crosby said. “It hasn't been the quickest process.”

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