NHL makes proposals to players

July 21, 2004 at 7:57 PM

NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) -- NHL negotiators presented six different plans to the league's players Wednesday in an attempt to avoid a potential shutdown of the sport.

The two sides met for four hours Wednesday, after which NHL Executive Vice President Bill Daly said none of the league's proposals included a salary cap.

"What we have said to the union all along is that there are a lot of different ways to do this," Daly said. "There are certain objectives we need to achieve and we are committed to achieving those objectives, but there are a lot of different ways to skin this cat."

The current bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15. It is unlikely the 2004-05 season will begin without a signed contract.

The league has said that about 75 percent of revenues to go player salaries, a figure the NHL feels must be reduced. The NFL pays two-thirds of its revenue to players.

The next negotiating session is scheduled for Toronto on Aug. 4.

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