Friday, September 4, 2015

No progress in NHL labor talks?

After 15 days without any face-to-face negotiations, representatives from the NHL and the players’ union met on Saturday, but don't expect the lookout to end soon.

No progress in NHL labor talks?

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There were no indications that the lookout would end soon after the two sides met on Saturday. (Kathy Willens/AP)
There were no indications that the lookout would end soon after the two sides met on Saturday. (Kathy Willens/AP)

  After 15 days without any face-to-face negotiations, representatives from the NHL and the players’ union met on Saturday, but don't expect the lookout to end soon.

  Sportsnet in Canada reported that there was no progress and that the meeting was over. A few minutes later, it said it had erred and the meeting was still in progress.

   Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, and Steve Fehr, special counsel for the NHLPA, met at a secret location and tried to find some common ground in the labor battle.

    There were rumblings that the league was going to absorb part of the players’ loss from a drop in their share of hockey-related revenue. The players had 57 percent of the share in the last collective-bargaining agreement and the owners want a 50/50 split in the new deal.

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     The owners had wanted the players to receive part of their salaries in deferred payments through escrow. The players have balked at that suggestion, and the owners may make concessions, according to reports.

    Donald Fehr, executive director of the players’ union, said in a memo to the players Friday that the league has not made a new proposal.

   The lockout started on Sept. 15, and games have been canceled through the end of November.

   Phantoms update. Scott Munroe made 26 saves and Sean Couturier had a shorthanded goal and two assists as the Phantoms blanked visiting Syracuse, 4-0, on Saturday night.

   Afterward, Munroe sounded like Peter Laviolette.

   "We needed to play with a little more jam and we did tonight," he said.

   With a crowd of 4,355 watching _ along with several members of the Flyers' front office _ Ben Holmstrom, Erik Gustafsson and Shane Harper also scored for the Phantoms (4-5), who played their best all-around game of the young season.

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

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