This summer already has been longer than last offseason for the Bruins [team stats], who were still in the midst of their Stanley Cup victory tour at this time a year ago. But the break could get extended significantly if the ongoing labor negotiations fail to result in an agreement.

There has been little progress in talks between the NHL and the NHLPA as the clock is ticking on the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires Sept. 15.

ďItís still a process now,Ē Bruins player rep Daniel Paille said. ďHopefully, something can start moving a little bit more forward in the next couple of weeks. For us as players, we have a positive (feeling) on starting the season on time and thatís what we want to do.Ē

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