NHL, players union to talk this weekend

Dec. 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The NHL and representatives of locked-out players plan to resume informal discussions this weekend, ESPN reported Saturday.

The broadcaster, citing unnamed sources, said league officials and the NHL Players Association talked via conference calls about a recent league proposal Saturday in preparation for informational discussions Sunday.

It has been more than two weeks since the two sides met face-to-face and no official bargaining sessions had yet been scheduled as hopes for avoiding a total cancellation of the 2012-13 NHL season hang in the balance.

The NHL offered a proposal Thursday that included some concessions on buyout rules, contract term limits and salary variance.

In it, the league set a Jan. 11 deadline to reach a new labor deal, after which the remainder of the season would be canceled. It envisions a one-week training camp with the first games set for Jan. 19.

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