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