NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the owners and players are both to blame for their failure to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the Saturday deadline for a work stoppage.

Daly writes in an email to The Associated Press that he hopes both sides will meet before Saturday.

He says the league has received no indication the players want to meet.

More than 250 players are set to attend the NHLPA meetings Wednesday and Thursday here to discuss the current state of collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

The board of governors will meet Thursday at the NHL offices here and could authorize Commissioner Gary Bettman to proceed with a lockout on Saturday if a new CBA hasn't been reached.

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