The NHL and NHLPA met in smaller groups for part of yesterday, going over the NHLPA’s offer from Monday. The afternoon meetings were held by conference calls, and were for informational purposes.
“Those were more technical,” Bettman said. “There were a variety of issues where there weren’t what I would call negotiations. It was understanding what each side was looking for, explaining what the issues were that were being discussed just to make sure there was a common understanding.”
The main negotiators met after 9:00 PM, where the NHL made another counter offer in a 30 minute presentation.
“They did make a comprehensive response to what we gave them,” players’ association executive director Donald Fehr said. “We asked a couple of questions. Now what we have to do is go through the document, try to make some sense out of it, compare it and see what the appropriate thing is to do next.”
The NHLPA will review the proposal and will get back to the NHL this morning, and both sides are expected to meet for the third straight day.
As been the case the past couple days, both sides remain tight lipped on the situation.
“There were certain things that the players’ association asked for that we agreed to, there were some things that we moved in their direction, and there were other things that we said no,” he said. “That’s part of the process.”
The fact that both sides continue to talk, and that info is not being leaked, is a good thing.
“The fact that we’re involved in a continuous process is something that I am glad to see, but we’re clearly not done yet,” Bettman said. “It’s up to the players’ association to come back to us now in response to what they have been given this evening.”
The NHLPA needs to decide today if they are going to file for a disclaimer of interest, as the deadline is 11:59 PM. Bettman has said that they need to a new CBA agreed upon by January 11th so that they can get in a 48 game schedule.