After three seemingly positive days of NHL labor negotiations, things went a bit sour Friday night when negotiations ended for the day in New York.
The union was under the impression the numbers suggested they were closer to an agreement. Commissioner Gary Bettman disagreed.
"Gary made a comment (Thursday) that there is still a lot of work to do," union head Donal Fehr said. "We looked at some of the numbers on the various proposals and we thought we were much closer together on the structure of a deal. They came back to us and said, 'No, we are very very far apart on the structure of the deal.' "
There were vocal disagreements at the end of the session, and the union team went back to its office to hold a conference call with the executive board and other players. The union is beginning to feel the NHL isn't ready to make a deal now, even if the players were suddenly willing to accept the league's offer in full -- which they are not.
"Given where we are, we're going to reconvene internally (Saturday) morning, and we'll come to grips with where we are and try to figure out what we'll do next," Fehr said. "I don't know what will happen next."
Fehr said he expects the sides will get back together Saturday, but clearly there is no way to gauge in advance what the feeling in the room will be.
The lockout has lasted 55 days. The league has already called off 327 regular-season games.
"Whatever it takes. We're available," Bettman said.
Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Kyle Lohse were among nine free agents who turned down $13.3 million offers from their former clubs as the annual general managers' meeting ended in Indian Wells. Also rejecting the one-year offers were the New York Yankees' trio of Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda along with David Ortiz, Michael Bourn and Adam LaRoche. Ortiz has already signed a two-year, $26 million contract to remain with Boston. The winter meetings are Dec. 3-6 in Nashville, Tenn.
Kyle Busch won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and Brad Keselowski got a jump on leader Jimmie Johnson in their points race. Busch had a track record lap of 138.766 mph at the mile oval. Johnson and Keselowski are separated by seven points with two races left. Keselowski will start 14th, Johnson 24th.
Lolo Jones and Tianna Madison, track-and-field Olympic stars who decided to try bobsledding, made medal debuts. Jones teamed with driver Jazmine Fenlator to win silver in the World Cup opener at Lake Placid, N.Y., edging U.S. teammates Elana Meyers and Madison by 0.01 seconds. Canada's Kaillie Humphries and brakewoman Chelsea Valois won with a two-run time of 1 minute, 54.86 seconds -- 0.47 seconds ahead of Fenlator and Jones.
New York said the contract of coach Hans Backe won't be extended.