Revenue sharing the hot topic at NHL meeting

A padlock is seen outside of the Rogers Arena, home of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/AP)

Revenue sharing was the main topic, sources said, as representatives from the NHL and the players’ union met in snowy New York for a 5½-hour meeting Wednesday that ended near 9 p.m.

Neither the NHL nor the players’ association spoke to the media after the second straight lengthy session. The two sides have met for a total of about 13 hours on consecutive days.

They agreed to meet again Thursday, the 54th day of the lockout.

Before Wednesday, the NHL’s had offered $200 million in revenue sharing in its last proposal, with that money earmarked to help teams that are struggling financially. The players’ union had wanted that figure increased to $250 million, which would be $100 million more than last season.

Half of the money would come from the league’s 10 richest teams and could affect the Flyers.

The “make whole” provision is another obstacle, and it was discussed a bit on Wednesday, ESPN reported. The players, whose share of hockey-related revenue is expected to drop from 57 percent to 50 percent, want their contracts guaranteed in full, without some money being deferred through escrow.

After Tuesday’s session lasted more than seven hours, Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, said he would "not characterize the substance or detail of the discussions until their conclusion."

Without a collective bargaining agreement, the NHL has canceled games through the end of November, costing the league an estimated $720 million in revenue.

The latest meeting was delayed about 2½ hours, reportedly because the NHLPA had some internal prep work it needed to address.

On Twitter, Darren Dutchyshen, a sportscaster for TSN in Canada, wondered why the sides didn’t change Wednesday’s site.

Tweeted Dutchyshen: “Why the NHL and NHLPA opted to negotiate in NY with another storm on way is beyond me. Go to Colorado and giggle this thing out!”

Colorado legalized marijuana on Tuesday.

Breakaways. The Comcast Network will telecast five Adirondack Phantoms games: Dec. 15  against Manchester, Dec. 22 against Bridgeport, and three contests against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton _ Jan. 12, Feb. 2 and Feb. 22….Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is 2-4 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in Russia. After his last game, he got testy with the media. Asked about the win, Bryzgalov, according to, replied, “What do you want me to say? You’ve been writing filth about me and now you are asking for an interview?” Bryzgalov was quoted as saying his wife and parents forbade him from doing interviews.....Flyers forward Max Talbot apparently isn't impressed with the labor negotiations; he has signed to play in Finland.

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