Sides still at odds in NHL labor talks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Five hours of talks in two sessions between the NHL and the players' association have done little to move the sides closer to a deal in the nearly one-month lockout.
The NHL's top two executives -- Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly -- met with the NHLPA's main negotiators -- executive director Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr -- for nearly an hour in the morning to assess where the sides were on Day 25 of the NHL lockout, but there was no concrete discussions on the troublesome core economic issues preventing a deal.
A four-hour session that stretched into evening centered on player health and safety issues along with other miscellaneous legal topics.
The sides will meet again Thursday -- which should have been NHL opening day -- but there are still no plans to delve into how the sides will split up hockey-related revenue that was in excess of $3 billion last season.
These were the first negotiations since the sides held an unannounced meeting in Toronto on Friday to discuss where they were and how to move the process forward.
The NHL has already canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, wiping out 82 games from Thursday through Oct. 24.