NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has kicked the ball back to the players' association in the form of another counteroffer as the sides play pingpong in the search for labor peace.
The proposal was presented Tuesday night in a 30-minute meeting that was long delayed as the league worked on its response to the union's counteroffer Monday. The NHL started this latest round of talks with a contract offer late last week.
That spurred negotiations to resume Monday after the sides spent nearly three weeks apart. They were back together throughout Tuesday in smaller groups before the main negotiating teams met briefly at night when the NHL made its new offer.
"They did make a comprehensive response to what we gave them," players' association executive director Donald Fehr said. "We asked a couple of questions. Now what we have to do is go through the document, try to make some sense out of it, compare it and see what the appropriate thing is to do next."
After reviewing the document later Tuesday ...