NHL lockout: Sides resume talks Tuesday

Bruce Bennett

After months of stagnation, CBA negotiations may finally be picking up steam in the NHL.

The NHL and player representatives will meet on Tuesday to resume discussions over the league's collective bargaining agreement, the two sides agreed on Monday. Discussions were positive over the weekend, according to TSN. Saturday's talk between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players association special counsel Steve Fehr was the first meeting between the two sides since Oct. 18.

The resumed talks on Tuesday come on Day 52 of the lockout after the cancellation of 327 games, including the outdoor Winter Classic that was set to be played at Michigan Stadium outside of Detroit. If an agreement were to be reached, the NHL would not replace the games and would instead play a truncated season.

Per TSN, the players earned 57 percent of the revenue in the most recent season and the owners sought to drop that number below 50 percent. In their most recent offer, they proposed a 50-50 split with the players, but that was turned down by the NHL players union.

A previous NHL lockout resulted in the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season, making it the first of any major North American sports league to cancel an entire season and the first time since 1919 that the Stanley Cup was not awarded to a team.

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