NHL: Contract talks possible this week

TORONTO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Collective bargaining talks between locked-out NHL players and team owners could resume this week, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Monday.

Daly told the league is determined to avoid any disruption to the scheduled Oct. 11 start of the regular season.


"We're 100 percent focused on not missing any regular-season games and hopefully we can achieve that objective," Daly told from Toronto. "Obviously, we've got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it's important to get the talks going again."

Daly said no formal collective bargaining agreement talks have been scheduled, but added the two sides have remained in contact.

He said the onus was on the players to budge from their initial proposal, which included no absolute decrease in the percentage of league revenues they're currently receiving.

"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, which was made more than a month ago now," he said.

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