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The play­ers have stuck to their po­si­tion that ne­go­ti­a­tions are the only way to work out dif­fer­ences, and that they are will­ing to meet any time the NHL wants to.

The NHL con­tends that the union has sub­mit­ted the same pro­posal mul­ti­ple times with­out mov­ing in the league’s di­rec­tion. The union says it has agreed to come down from re­ceiv­ing 57 per cent of hockey- re­lated rev­enues to a 50- 50 split. The league wants that to go into ef­fect in the first year of the agree­ment, while the union wants to get there grad­u­ally.

Seven years ago, af­ter the en­tire 2004- 05 sea­son was lost to a lock­out, the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion ac­cepted a salary- cap sys­tem for the first time. The union feels it shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of the con­ces­sions now af­ter league rev­enues reached a record high of over US$ 3 bil­lion last sea­son.

This 63- day lock­out has claimed

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