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NHL players expect to get escrow checks Wednesday

Associated Press Modified: October 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm •  Published: October 30, 2012

"That doesn't mean you make a bad agreement because of it," Fehr told the newspaper.

There have been no labor negotiations since Oct. 18, when the union countered a league offer with three proposals. Those were all quickly rejected by the NHL.

Since then, a league-imposed deadline to play a full season has passed, and the NHL cancelled all games through Nov. 30. The New Year's Day Winter Classic is also in danger of being called off if a new deal isn't reached soon.

Superstorm Sandy forced the NHL to close its New York headquarters on Monday and Tuesday, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly indicated that the weather didn't affect the bargaining process. However, no progress has been made this week.