With the potential of a lockout on Sept. 15, this week is a turning point in labour negotiations.
Representatives for both the NHL and the NHL Players' Association are in New York for private meetings, with several hundred players set to gather later today in a public show of support as a lockout looms.
Hockey Night in Canada Radio host Gord Stellick dissected what took place in New York and answered labour questions in a live interactive chat with hockey fans seeking more insight.
The NHL and NHLPA met Wednesday in New York for the first time in 12 days, but no progress was made.
The league backed off its previous request to redefine hockey-related revenues (HRR), which would have further reduced the players' share, according to CBC Sports senior hockey writerTim Wharnsby. Players' salaries have been tied to HRR in the current collective agreement.
The length of the NHL's offer remains a six-year deal.
Players' salaries would be 49 per cent of revenues in the first, 48 per cent in the second and shrink to 47 per cent over the final four years. Players had 57 per cent in the current CBA.
The current collective agreement is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, but the only positive development with three days to go was that the two sides exchanged proposals. There still remains a wide gulf on what the NHLPA and NHL desire in a new deal, and time is running out.
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