NHL lockout 2012: League, union pondering next steps

Christian Petersen

The NHL and NHLPA are considering their next moves in the collective bargaining negotiations.

The NHL is pondering their next step in the collective bargaining negotiations with the NHL Players Association, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly by email on Monday.

Following the rejection of the league's most recent proposal by the union, the NHL announced the cancelation of all games through November and removed the proposal, which contained a 50/50 split of hockey related revenue without salary rollbacks.

Now, Daly states the league will spend time thinking about what the next proposal will consist of. Daly continued by discussing the union's unwillingness to discuss the league's most recent proposal and stated that he believes it displays that a considerable gap still remains between the two sides, via the Sporting News:

"No new news. We withdrew our most recent proposal on Friday, and now we are spending time thinking about our next proposal and how best to get closer to a resolution. We hope the union is doing the same thing. Given the fact that the union refused even to discuss our last proposal, it would appear that we still have a large gulf to bridge."

In addition to the union's rejection of the league's most recent proposal, the league also rejected three separate proposals from the NHLPA last week. As of this time, no future meetings have been scheduled.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr reportedly returned to Toronto on Sunday and will be addressing a group of players in Minnesota on Monday. The union has consistently expressed their willingness to meet and continue discussions whenever the NHL is ready.

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