A week after canceling a total of 82 regular season games through Oct. 24, representatives from the NHL and its players association are scheduled to meet again in New York beginning Wednesday or Thursday.
The two sides met privately on Friday in Toronto and there is a good chance new proposals from both sides are in the works.
This weeks talks will be aimed at settling the key economic issues that led to NHL owners locking out the players on Sept. 16. The owners last proposal has the players taking a 10 percent cut in revenue sharing, from 57 percent to 47 percent. The players most recent proposal has their share dropping no lower than 52 percent.
The gap between the two sides led to the cancellation of the first two weeks of the regular season, which was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday. It is unlikely any of those games could be salvaged if an agreement is reached within the next two weeks.
Its tough to see that the NHL doesnt have enough faith that theyre going to be able to make a deal in the next couple of weeks, Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer told CSNChicago.
As players you never want to lose games. That means youre losing that competition. Youre losing that full season where you can get into the playoffs or not. Were still trying to make a deal as quickly as possible. But sometimes its tough when both sides have different views of what the issues are.
If talks between the two sides yield significant movement the NHL lockout could follow a similar path to the NBA lockout of a year ago.
In that agreement, players accepted a reduction of revenue sharing from 57 percent to 51.2 percent, with allowances for revenue growth. Because of the NBAs drop in salary cap, teams were permitted a one-time amnesty exemption, which allowed each team to remove one player from its salary cap roster.
The NBA came to a tentative agreement with its players on Nov. 26, allowed players about 10 days to return from their contractual commitments overseas, scheduled two preseason games, and opened an abbreviated 66-game regular season on Christmas Day.
This weeks negotiations between the NHL and its players could determine if the league is heading down a very similar path.