League, Union meet Monday to discuss CBA proposal
Monday, 12.31.2012 / 5:23 PM
The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association resumed negotiating sessions Monday afternoon, meeting for approximately three hours at the League's New York offices.
After two days of sessions designed to exchange information about the content of the League's most recent proposal for a new 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, the sides reconvened Monday afternoon a little after 2 p.m. ET and broke shortly after 5 p.m. ET.
Representatives from the NHL and NHLPA met for approximately two-and-a-half hours Sunday morning at the League office to continue the information-exchange process that the two sides began in a conference-call setting Saturday.
Following the face-to-face meeting Sunday, which ended at approximately noon ET, the NHLPA began holding internal meetings, which continued into Monday afternoon.
The NHL's proposal, the first new offer exchanged by either side since Dec. 6, is reportedly contingent on a 2013 regular season at least 48 games in length starting no later than Jan. 19. The original 2012-13 schedule has been cancelled through Jan. 14 because of the lack of an existing CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
The League reportedly moved in the NHLPA's direction on three key issues in its new comprehensive proposal, which has a mutual option to reopen after eight years: Contract length, compliance buyouts, and annual-salary variance.