Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nhl Talks to Resume Thursday Players Examining Latest Proposals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nhl Talks to Resume Thursday Players Examining Latest Proposals

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After a four-day hiatus, negotiators in the National Hockey League labor dispute plan to resume talks Thursday.

It will be the first bargaining between the league and the NHL Players' Association since talks broke off Saturday in Boston.

Bob Goodenow, executive director of the NHLPA, has held internal discussions since, going over some of the major issues in the dispute.

The union chief held a conference call with player representatives on Monday night. "They're looking at the latest proposals" from owners, a management source told The Associated Press.

The source said the two sides "have not agreed on anything yet. They have not agreed on the luxury tax."

That could be the issue that decides whether there will be a 1994-95 NHL season.

The owners want to tax teams that exceed a payroll cap, based on the average team salary in the NHL, and give the money to teams under the prescribed limit. The players are against such a tax, believing that it has the same effect as a salary cap. …

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