Union to review NHL’s offer

“We’ve said we need to drop the puck by Jan. 19 if we’re going to play a 48-game season

“We’ve said we need to drop the puck by Jan. 19 if we’re going to play a 48-game season

The NHL and the union’s main negotiating teams met for 30 minutes before ending talks for the evening on Tuesday night.

The league made a counter offer to the players’ proposal, and the union will review it. The sides likely will meet again today.

Small groups from each side met and conferred by conference calls all afternoon about provisions of a potential collective bargaining agreement. The two negotiating teams began meeting at 9 p.m. EST and soon after ended their talks for the night.What is clear is that time has become a real factor.

“We’ve said we need to drop the puck by Jan. 19 if we’re going to play a 48-game season,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We don’t think it makes sense to play a season any shorter than that.”

That leaves a little less than two weeks to reach an agreement and hold one week of training camp before starting the season. All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled, claiming more than 50 percent of the original schedule.

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