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Nothing new at talks; sides to meet today

NEW YORK — No new proposals were made Monday at a meeting between the NHL and the players' association as talks resumed after a week's hiatus.

But one might be coming.

After the session in midtown Manhattan, which lasted about 90 minutes and included two Lightning stars, Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league pressed the union for a full, formal proposal to "clarify" union positions.

"We'd like to hear it all together," he said. The league wants to settle on dividing hockey-related revenues before debating the contracting issues. "It's all tied together," he said.

Union executive director Donald Fehr said players tried to engage the owners in a discussion on player contracting issues, but they were "unwilling." Some core economic issues were discussed and the sides agreed to meet today.

The Lightning's Eric Brewer also attended the meeting.

The league wants a 50-50 split of revenues, but getting there is problematic. It also has proposed a five-year limit on contracts and changes to free-agency eligibility.

Eighteen players, including Rangers stars Brad Richards and Marc Staal, joined the union contingent. Staal was asked if there was any progress. His answer? "We'll see."

Nothing new at talks; sides to meet today 11/19/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 10:46pm]

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