NHL makes its case, now NHLPA's turn

Associated Press Modified: July 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm •  Published: July 25, 2012

TORONTO (AP) — Having finished presenting "the vast bulk" of its proposals in labor talks Wednesday, the NHL is waiting for the NHL Players' Association to respond.

"We've left some issues that we have to get back to, but the overwhelming scope of our proposals are on the table," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said after the two sides met for the second consecutive day at the union's headquarters in Toronto.

Bettman said the presentation covered nuts and bolts issues, such as training camp and grievance procedures, and went beyond the initial proposal the NHL made two weeks ago. That's when the NHL proposed a new economic split in revenues, asking the players to take more than a 20 percent cut, according to NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr.

Bettman continued to refer to talks as "amicable" and characterized negotiations Wednesday as being "a good session."

"Even though the Players' Association hasn't put forth any formal proposals yet, we did put on a comprehensive set of proposals," Bettman said. "The process continues."

The sides are set to meet once more on Thursday in Toronto, before talks shift to New York next week.

This marks the fifth straight week talks have taken place in a bid to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the current one expires Sept. 15.

Fehr said the NHL's presentation has left the players plenty to digest and review. He said the union also is waiting for the league to provide certain background information on several issues.

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