Even though CBA talks were scheduled for the remainder of the week, the NHL and NHLPA will not meet on Thursday and will instead resume their negotiations on Friday, according to Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal.
The two sides met on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to discuss the NHL's latest proposal to the players. The players apparently want more time to consider it and to work on their own counter proposal. Union leader Donald Fehr said on Tuesday that the players intend to respond to the latest offer and hoped to do so before the end of this week.
In the eyes of the league its latest offer would eventually lead to a 50/50 split of hockey related revenue between the two sides. One of the issues with that on the players side is the league wants to change the definition of hockey related revenue. The latest offer would amount to the players getting 46 percent of the revenue under the current definition. The league's initial offer would have seen the players get 43 percent.
The current CBA expires in 16 days, at which point the league will lock out the players if no new deal is completed.
The clock is running.