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(AP, 9:21 pm EST) - DATE: Thursday, Jan. 3.
LAST NEGOTIATIONS: Jan. 3 at NHL headquarters in New York.
NEXT NEGOTIATIONS: Friday at NHL office.
GAMES LOST: 625 (all games through Jan. 14, including New Year's Day Winter Classic, and All-Star weekend).
DISJOINTED THURSDAY: The NHL and players' association spent most of Thursday apart after talks Wednesday lasted until 1 a.m. EST. A small group session dealing with hockey-related revenue resolved an issue that had cropped up. There was also a scaled-down meeting that focused on the contentious pension plan that was held Thursday night for a little less than two hours. Union executive director Donald Fehr didn't participate in either meeting. Most of the day was filled with uncertainty whether the sides would meet for a full bargaining session that never took place. The NHLPA also filed a motion in federal court in New York seeking to dismiss the league's suit to have the lockout declared legal. The NHL sued the union in mid-December, figuring the players were about to submit their own complaint against the league and possibly break up their union to gain an upper hand. The court scheduled a status conference for the sides on Monday morning. The players also began another vote that could restore authorization to the executive board to declare a disclaimer of interest that would dissolve the union. A previous authorization expired Wednesday night without the union taking action.
WHAT WE MISSED: A seven-game slate was lost Thursday, including a matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Kings in Los Angeles. Both teams joined the NHL as expansion franchises when the league doubled in size from six clubs to 12 for the 1967-68 season. The Flyers won Stanley Cup titles 1974 and 1975 and have reached the finals eight times. The Kings earned their lone championship last season in their second trip to the finals.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: NHL linesman Steve Miller was forced to leave a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Stars in Dallas because of concussion-like symptoms. Miller hit his head in the first period when he accidentally collided with Stars defenseman Mark Fistric. Miller left the ice and was treated by Stars medical personnel, who ruled him out for the rest of the game.