NHL commissioner Gary Bettman still hasn't heard what he wants from the NHL Players' Association, so he won't return to the bargaining table and he won't play a full hockey season.

With only one day remaining before the league's self-imposed deadline to reach a deal that would ensure an 82-game season, Bettman revealed Wednesday that he has given up hope of a complete slate of games.

"Unfortunately, it looks like an 82-game season is not going to be a reality," he said.

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