In response to the NHLs latest CBA proposal on Tuesday, the NHLPA responded with three proposals of its own on Thursday in Toronto.
The result? A step backward in the negotiation process, according to commissioner Gary Bettman, and little hope that a full, 82-game season is still possible.
It's clear we're not speaking the same language, Bettman said. I am concerned we are not progressing. The NHLPA's stance is a step backward.
The league had hoped that its offer of a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue would lead to training camps opening on Oct. 26 and the season starting on Nov. 2. Instead, Bettman and the rest of the NHL contingent is headed back to New York.
"I wish I had better news," he said.