NHL expected to respond to players’ union two new offers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL is expected to respond to two new offers from the NHL Players’ Association Thursday during resumption of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

A source who requested anonymity earlier told USA Today that the players union submitted one proposal on revenue sharing and another on players’ share/honoring existing contracts.

The two sides returned to the negotiating table at around 1 p.m. ET in an undetermined location in New York.

On Wednesday, the two sides discussed two critical issues — revenue sharing among teams and existing players’ contracts.

Under its offer made Oct. 16, the league had proposed a “make whole” provision to protect current contracts through deferred payments but was rejected by NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

The NHLPA said seven players were available for the talks, including David Backes, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg, Manny Malhotra and Kevin Westgarth.

Due to the lockout, the NHL has canceled all games through Nov. 30 and the Winter Classic. Players would have received four paychecks through Nov. 30.

If a fresh labor deal could be reached this week, a 68- to 72-game season could be salvaged.

Despite the resumption talks, the exodus of players to other countries continued as Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson signed with HC Bolzano/Bozen Foxes.

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown pushed through with his plans to join Switzerland’s ZSC Lions.

Also this week, Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez signed a deal with the ECHL Alaska Aces, Philadelphia Flyers forward Max Talbot signed in Finland and the Carolina Hurricanes’ Jussi Jokinen and Phoenix Coyotes’ Lauri Korpikoski re-upped with Finnish teams.

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