NHL lockout talks continue

  • The National Hockey League (NHL) and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) met twice on Wednesday as the two sides continue negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

    The union submitted another offer to the league in response to the NHL's latest proposal, which was made Tuesday night.

    It is the fourth proposal made between the two parties in the past six days.

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed neither side had mentioned a disclaimer of interest, which would have dissolved the union.

    The NHL and NHLPA are due to meet again later today with mediator Scott Beckenbaugh, who was present for both of Wednesday's sessions.

    The NHL imposed a lockout, which halted all league operations, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired in September with the owners and players at odds over how to split a $3.3 billion revenue pie.

    It marks the first time that regular season action has been canceled since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.

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