NHL Lockout 2012: League, players to discuss latest CBA offer over weekend

Bruce Bennett

The two sides are set to come together over conference call in ongoing negotiations.

The NHL and the Players Association are set to convene over conference call on Saturday, according to a report from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, and may meet in person in New York on Sunday.

The plan to resume talks comes after the NHL sent a new offer to the players Friday morning, a move that may indicate progress toward the return of games.

The details of the league's latest offer all move closer to the players' position, including increasing year-to-year salary variance from 5 percent to 10 percent, and adding a sixth year to the previous five-year offer on contract limits for free agents.

Such a plan indicates talks between the two sides may become more earnest, as the reported "drop-dead" date for full-season cancellation is reportedly just two weeks away, on Jan. 11.

In addition, it appears a date of Jan. 19 has been targeted by the NHL as a start date, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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