The NHL delivered a comprehensive counter-proposal to the NHL Players' Association on Tuesday night as the sides pushed to reach an agreement that would save the season.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said the union would review the document during the night and likely would return to the bargaining table at some point on Wednesday. "We spent half an hour or so with the owners' committee," Fehr said. "They did make a comprehensive response to what we gave them (Monday). 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. And that's what we're going to do. We're going to start tonight. We'll continue in the morning, we'll be in touch with them in the morning. There's really not anything else that can be said at this point." Fehr wouldn't be specific about what was being negotiated. The talks are being held with an eye on preserving at least a 48-game schedule -- the same number that was played following the 1994-95 lockout. An agreement would need to be in place by Jan. 11 for that to happen.