NHL, union still talking but not negotiating

Associated Press Modified: October 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — While the NHL and the players' association are keeping the lines of communication open, they don't seem to be moving any closer to getting back to the bargaining table.

For the second straight day, representatives on both sides of the lockout had telephone conversations Sunday. None of those talks have yet led to concrete negotiations that could lead to an elusive collective bargaining agreement and get the delayed hockey season going.

"We had a conference call today to answer some of their questions," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday. "No bargaining. And no bargaining meetings scheduled."

Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr also had discussions on Saturday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr didn't take part in Sunday's conference call, Daly said.

The lockout entered its 36th day Sunday.

Both sides said they made proposals this week that could provide the basis for an agreement.

"There are multiple frameworks for a deal on the table," Steve Fehr said Sunday. "We gave them three good ones on Thursday. Each moves toward a 50-50 split of (hockey-related revenue) that the league wants. Each allows the contracts in place to be honored.