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NHL Lockout 2012: Gary Bettman Downplays NHLPA Proposal

With less than a month remaining before the NHL's collective bargaining agreement expires, a hockey fan would hope talks between the players and owners would show progression towards an agreement. But that wasn't the message Wednesday form commissioner Gary Bettman.

"There's still a wide gap between us with not much time to go," Bettman said Wednesday.

"I do think it's fair to say that the sides are still apart — far apart — and have different views of the world and the issues," he added.

Currently, negotiations between the two sides have hit a stand still as the owners rejected a proposal from the players on Tuesday. The offer was to decrease the percentage of revenues for players over the next three season, while in return getting an expanded revenue sharing system to help struggling teams.

In the end, the players and owners stopped talks with almost opposite offers on the table and no meetings scheduled until sometime next week.

For more coverage of the Stars as well as further NHL lockout news and analysis, check out Defending Big D as well as the SB Nation Dallas StoryStream.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.