by Katie Carrera

The NHL said there will not be any bargaining sessions Saturday, according to multiple reports, meaning there will be no last-minute attempt to prevent another lockout.

With no labor negotiations scheduled prior to the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, the NHL will lock out its players for the second time in the past eight years, the third in the past 18.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr spoke Saturday, but no formal discussions are planned.

“We spoke again today, and in light of the fact that neither party has indicated an intention to move off of its last proposal, we have decided that there is no point in convening a formal bargaining session,” Daly told Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press. “We will keep in close contact in the coming days and if anything changes, I am sure we will be in touch.”

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