Fehr said the players’ association would consider the NHL’s request for a full proposal, and try to figure out what the next step will be. No one would say if they thought such an offer would come yesterday.
Whether hockey will return soon, or at all this season, is still to be determined. The lockout entered its 65th day on Monday and has already wiped out 327 games. More cancellations could be coming soon, but the NHL has not said when another such announcement might be coming.
“I think every week is important in the process,” Daly said. “I don’t attach a particular significance to this week over last week or next week. I want to play tomorrow.”
After turning down a suggestion from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to take a two-week break from negotiations, the union requested another meeting with the league. Monday night’s meeting was scheduled on Saturday.
“We could’ve taken a couple of weeks off, I suppose,” Fehr said. “It’s hard for me to see how you make an agreement if you aren’t talking, so you talk. Sometimes it doesn’t lead anywhere, and perhaps very often it doesn’t lead anywhere, but if you aren’t talking it’s 100 percent sure it doesn’t lead anywhere.