Chief executives of the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. met for about 90 minutes on Wednesday to discuss the league’s second labor proposal but were still at odds over the definitions of "hockey-related revenues" and how the NHL would phase in a reduction of players’ salaries over the course of its proposed six-year deal.
Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA, told reporters in New York that the union would deliver a response on Thursday or Friday after it had crunched numbers to determine how individual teams would be affected by the league’s proposed terms.
Fehr and the union’s counsel, his brother, Steve Fehr, met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly at the league’s Manhattan offices. A group of 11 players offered advice to the union negotiators but did not attend the meeting. The Fehrs asked Bettman and Daly questions about various aspects of the league's proposal.
The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Sept. 15. Bettman has said the league will impose a lockout — the NHL’s third under his watch — if a new agreement is not in place by that date. Training camps are scheduled to open the following week, but several teams have canceled rookie camps and other activities that were scheduled around the time of the labor deal’s expiration.