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Sides stuck in staredown not stalemate

Updated: June 15, 2004, 8:27 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

With just three months until the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association expires on Sept. 15, progress toward a new deal can be summed up in one word:

None.

"You can't even say they are at a stalemate," said one source on the periphery of the negotiation process. "To be stalemated means both sides have reached a point in the process where they feel they can't give any more. These guys don't even have negotiations scheduled ...

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