The battle between the NHL and the players union heated up Tuesday.

After learning the NHL had given permission to its owners and general managers to answer players' questions during a 48-hour window last week concerning the offer made last Tuesday by commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Players' Association officials were frustrated and upset.

With no talks scheduled and a Thursday deadline to get a deal in place to allow an 82-game schedule, the decision by the league caused an even larger divide on the matter of trust that exists between the two sides.

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