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NHL lockout: Penguins' Craig Adams says 'lack of progress' is 'frustrating'

Pittsburgh Penguins NHLPA representative Craig Adams was in New York last weekend for the labor negotiations, and according to a report by Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review the Penguins right winger wasn't encouraged by his experience.

"It’s very frustrating right now," Adams said to the Tribune Review. "We’re not making a lot of progress."

Adams' comments come almost a month since the NHL owners locked out its players, Sept. 15, as neither side could reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. Though, Adams admits there has been small progress on some issues -- drug testing, player health and player safety -- the owners don't seem to want to talk about the larger ones -- the division of future league revenues.

"I don’t know who suggested it to who that we only discuss the smaller things," Adams said. "But, of course, both sides know it needs to get done at some point and that we need to talk about the big issues."

Adams said the NHLPA is wants to negotiate a new labor agreement, as the NHL regular season is scheduled to begin in 10 days, but he's feeling all the league wants to do is stall and isn't interested in talking.

"Absolutely I feel that way," Adams said. "I really do."

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