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Negotiations set to resume today toward solving money issues

NEW YORK — The NHL and its locked-out players will resume negotiations today in Toronto after a four-day break following two days of meetings last week.

The announcement Monday came on the day players missed their first scheduled paycheck of the regular season. The NHL called off 82 games through Oct. 24 — the first two weeks of the season.

More cancellations likely will be made soon if a deal isn't reached.

The Lightning would have opened its regular season last Saturday.

An agenda is not set for the talks that shift to the union's office from league headquarters. But the sides will look to make headway on the core economic issue — the division of hockey-related revenue. That issue took a back seat in New York last week when the league and union worked on secondary matters that also must be resolved.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are expected to meet with union executive director Donald Fehr and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr.

"It's fair to say that we will be looking for ways to advance the puck on the main issues — how to move the process forward," Daly told AP in an email.

Bettman and Donald Fehr took part only briefly during last week's negotiations that featured four separate bargaining sessions over the two days.

So far, the sides have set aside only today to negotiate.

"We remain committed, as we have throughout this process, to reaching an agreement so that we can get the players back on the ice," said former defenseman Mathieu Schneider, now an NHLPA special assistant to the executive director.

U.S. HALL: Mike Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, joined longtime Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello and former player Ed Olczyk, who is now an NHL analyst, as inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Modano had 516 goals and 1,374 points in 21 seasons and won the Stanley Cup with the 1999 Dallas Stars. Olczyk played 16 seasons with six teams and won the Cup with the 1994 New York Rangers. The Devils have won three Cups under Lamoriello.

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