New York, NY (Sports Network) - The NHL and NHLPA met twice on Wednesday as
they continue negotiations toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with
the union submitting another offer to the league.
The union delivered its latest proposal during an early afternoon meeting
between the two sides in response to the latest offer from the league, which
was made Tuesday night. It was the fourth proposal made between the two sides
in the past six days.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed neither side had mentioned a
disclaimer of interest, which would have dissolved the union, and also added
that the two sides will meet again Thursday at 10 a.m. (et) with mediator
Scott Beckenbaugh, who was present for both of Wednesday's sessions.
"We anticipate getting back together tomorrow," Bettman remarked on Wednesday.
"The fact that we're involved in a continuous process is something that I'm
glad to see but we're clearly not done yet."
Bettman has said a regular-season schedule of at least 48 games must begin by
Jan. 19. The existing 2012-13 NHL schedule has already been canceled through
The two sides have been without a CBA since the previous one expired just
before midnight on Sept. 15.
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