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NHL lockout: Penguins' Craig Adams optimistic

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Craig Adams said the NHL and the Players' Association "are ready and willing to talk again," according to Trib Total Media's Josh Yohe.

Adams said Tuesday there is still time to get a 2012-13 season in:

"We aren't there yet," Adams said. "Obviously, there is a deadline where we won't be able to have a season. We aren't going to start a season in March. But that stuff is up to the schedule makers and the league. We aren't there yet."

Adams said "the meetings in New York were productive" and the two sides made progress. However, he also said the NHL "has been unwilling to partake in legitimate negotiations."

Yohe reported that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said via email "the NHL is not currently considering canceling more games."

While talks are ongoing, the NHL has canceled games through November. Earlier this week, Penguins star Sidney Crosby said the lockout was "frustrating."

Earlier this month, the NHL cancelled its marquee game, the Winter Classic. The game was scheduled for Jan. 1, 2013. The Detroit Red Wings were slated to play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the University of Michigan's Michigan Stadium.

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