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NHL lockout: Negotiations start again Wednesday

The NHL and the Players Association will resume labor negotiations Wednesday, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Members from both sides spoke on Monday and Tuesday, Yohe reported. No negotiations took place Tuesday, however.

Former Penguins forward Ryan Malone commented on the lockout, saying "the whole thing is crazy":

"If we lose another entire season," said Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone, "then shame on all of us."

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"This whole thing is crazy," said Malone, who has already missed one season because of a labor dispute. "You just kind of keep waiting for good news."

A new proposal might not be pitched Wednesday, Yohe reported, despite internal meetings the last two days. Monday's meeting involved "economic issues and contracting."

Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been one of the most vocal players opposed to the lockout. He said last week he didn't want a break in the talks, saying, "I don't see how that's going to help anything."

The current lockout started Sept. 15, which was less than a month before the scheduled start of the season. It is the NHL's third lockout since 1994.

Many of the NHL's biggest stars have signed contracts with teams overseas to keep working through the lockout.

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