Bill Daly says the league is waiting for the NHLPA to come forward with another proposal for CBA talks to resume.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 24, 2012
"We're 100 percent focused on not missing any regular-season games, and hopefully we can achieve that objective," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly Monday afternoon.
The NHL and NHLPA met today, though not to discuss the stalled CBA negotiation. The meeting was for the purpose of "hashing out last season's hockey-related revenue numbers." No movement on the important matter at hand was discussed and talks remain broken off.
Players are expected to get back about 8.5% of their salaries from last season in the coming weeks, which is only slightly less than what was held back in their checks during the season.
When might they meet again?
"I think it's fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players' association in a meaningful way because I don't think that they've really moved off their initial proposal," added Daly.
That's a statement that plays into the assumption around the media that the league will not entertain a formal negotiating session without an understanding that the players are willing to accept an immediate cut in salaries/existing contracts. The players, naturally, remain steadfastly opposed to such a thing.
Pierre LeBrun reports that the two sides will "touch base" again later tonight, though it's unclear if formal sessions will be scheduled out of it. Doubtful is another word that could be used there.
They're 100 percent focused on not messing any regular season games. As long as it's the players that concede everything, and in a big hurry. We're not holding our breath.
James Mirtle has some good afternoon reading here on what a true CBA compromise might look like, were either side open to true compromise.