NHL, players' union still have 'a lot of work to do'

   Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, confirmed after Thursday’s five-hour meeting that the league responded to proposals made by the players’ union, but both sides were tight-lipped on the progress that was made.

    The proposals regarded revenue sharing and the players’ share of hockey-related revenue, and both were reportedly rejected by the NHL.

     The owners want an immediate 50/50 split in hockey-related revenue, but the players’ union is trying to have a “phase-in” period, with the 50/50 divide not occurring until the third year of the collective-bargaining agreement.

     The owners have offered $200 million in revenue sharing to help clubs that are struggling financially; the players’ union reportedly wants that raised to $260 million.

     After the meeting at a law office in New York City, Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, told reporters, “We still have a lot of work to do."

    This is the third time that a CBA has expired during Bettman’s tenure_ and all three have had a work stoppage.

    Thursday was the 54th day of the lockout, and games have been canceled through Nov. 30.

    Both sides will meet again Friday, which will be the fourth straight day they have gotten together. They have met for a total of 18 hours in the last three days.

   "I'm not going to characterize (negotiations) except to say that it's always better when you're meeting than when you're not,” Fehr said.

    Contact Sam Carchidi @scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @BroadStBull.