The NHL ended 2012 still in lockout mode, but negotiations between the league and the players' association were expected to continue Tuesday in New York for a second straight day. After the sides met Monday, Commissioner Gary Bettman affirmed Jan. 19 as the start for a schedule of no fewer than 48 games if a collective bargaining agreement can be reached in time.
A delegation of players and NHLPA executives went to the league's Manhattan offices with their response to a nearly 300-page proposal the league made Thursday. Bettman called the union's response "a comprehensive one," and said NHL negotiators would analyze it Monday evening.
"We're anticipating getting back together" on Tuesday, Bettman told reporters outside his office, his voice nearly drowned out by the sounds of horns and pre-New Year's Eve revelry.
"This was an opportunity for the players' association to highlight the areas that they thought we should focus on based on their response, and that's something that we've now got to look at closely, in addition to the myriad of other issues."