NEW YORK - The NHL and the union are finished with informational talks. Now they need to figure out if they are ready to bargain again in hopes of saving the season.
Since the NHL made its new contract offer Thursday, the sides have limited themselves to questions and answers about the proposal. Those discussions lasted much of Saturday and resumed Sunday morning - by conference call and in face-to-face meetings with staff members.
This is the 106th day of the lockout. It is not yet clear if this proposal will spur new bargaining, perhaps as early as Sunday. There have been no negotiations since the sides met with a federal mediator Dec. 13.
All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled. The NHL wants to reach a deal by Jan. 11 and open the season Jan. 19, with a 48-game schedule.
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