NHL studying counter offer

Posted By: Canadian Press · 12/31/2012 6:38:00 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will take some time to look at a counter-proposal from the NHL Players'
Association.

The league and union met Monday afternoon before breaking for internal meetings.

Bettman called the counter-proposal "substantial'' and says the league will spend the evening reviewing the counter-proposal.

The next meeting time has not been finalized but Bettman hopes the two sides can resume talks by midday Tuesday.

"There 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 we've now got to look at very closely in addition to the myriad other issues,'' Bettman said.

Neither Bettman nor Fehr were of a mind to characterize the mood of the talks, nor whether the two sides were any closer to a deal, as they talked to reporters on the noisy streets of New York as revellers made their way to Times Square for New Year's Eve celebrations.

"I'm out of the prediction business,'' Fehr said.

"You get up every day and you try to figure out how to make an agreement that day, and if it fails you try and do it the next day. And that's exactly where we are.''


The union's offer was said to be a full one and came a few days after the league made some movement in its latest proposal.
The sides are looking to reach an agreement in time to play a shortened season that would see the playoffs end before July.


For that to happen, Bettman has told the union that a deal would need to be reached by Jan. 11 so the puck could be dropped Jan. 19.

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