After it was revealed that the NHL and NHLPA would be taking a two week break from negotiating, the two sides are back at the negotiating table. The two sides met yesterday for about two hours and the NHLPA is expected to give the NHL another proposal today.
But the two sides could be closer to a deal than initially thought. Gary Bettman told the Winnipeg Free Press' Gary Lawless that the NHL agreed to 13 of the players' union 17 proposals during last week's meetings.
"They proposed 17 issues last week and we agreed to to 13 of them," Bettman told Lawless. "We know where the negotiations led to, they know they have our best offer. We've always said that if they have something to discuss, we're always availabe to meet."
Unfortunately, none of the big issues were agreed to during the meetings last week.
"There seems to be a fundamental disagreement on many of the core issues," Bettman told Lawless. "We have proposed a 50-50 split of HRR (hockey-related-revenue) which has not been agreed to. We have raised issues with respect to how the system works and the adjustments we think need to be made, and there doesn't seem to be an agreement or even a willingness to agree on them."
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