In the on-again, off-again world that is the NHL and NHLPA CBA talks we're back to 'on-again'. The Associated Press reported late Sunday that an email from a union insider, they did not disclose who, told them talks will resume Wednesday in New York .
That day will mark the 25th day of the lockout and may occur around the time the league will be forced to announce the cancellation of additional games. So far the exhibition season and the first two weeks of the regular-season schedule, 82 regular-season games, have been cancelled.
Talks are planned to continue Thursday and the league and union will determine on Monday what subjects will be on the table. There was an impromptu face to face meeting at union headquarters in Toronto Friday between Gary Bettman and Bill Daly of the NHL and Donald and Steve Fehr of the union. The two sides reportedly kept in contact throughout the weekend, though they did not meet face to face again.
Fight over Hockey Related Revenue
The dispute centers around the percentage of Hockey Related Revenue (HRR) each side should get and the latest proposal, made some three weeks ago, came from the NHL. Donald Fehr has indicated the NHLPA has not offered a counter-proposal because they feel that the league did not move a sufficient amount off of their previous proposal. Meanwhile, Bettman has said the league will not negotiate with itself and that they await a counter-proposal.
There is talk that the NHLPA is preparing a counter-proposal.