The sides still aren’t moving closer to a compromise while they talk about other issues.
And that is where the frustration lies. The NHL is waiting for the players’ association to make a counterproposal to one the league made in the previous bargaining session more than two weeks ago.
The NHL contends it has stated its position and needs the players’ association to make what the league would consider a meaningful counter.
‘‘The whole process is a bit complicated when you’re trying to define revenue streams and what should be in and what should be out (of hockey-related revenue),’’ Steve Fehr said. ‘‘It’s a bit complicated between the fact that their most recent economic offer says they will go back to the current definitions, yet they are seeking some changes or clarifications in what the current definitions are.’’
Monetary issues are not expected to come up for discussion in this round of talks. Neither side has indicated it is prepared to make a new offer now regarding how to split up the more than $3 billion annual pot of hockey-related revenue.
Saturday’s talks came two days after the league canceled the remaining preseason games. The regular season is scheduled to start on Oct. 11.
If a deal isn’t reached soon, regular-season games will be in danger of being lost. The NHL canceled the entire 2004-05 season because of a lockout that eventually led to the collective bargaining agreement that expired this month.