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NHL, union plan meeting for Monday

Associated Press

NEW YORK — The National Hockey League and players’ association will hold the next round of labor talks early next week, with the union having little time remaining to make a deal that doesn’t link league revenues to player costs.

A source close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday night on the condition of anonymity that the sides will get together Monday at an undisclosed location.

It will be the first negotiating session since the league made two proposals on March 17 — one including the cost-certainty link and one without it.

The league would rather reach an agreement that guarantees cost certainty for the 30 clubs. Its latest offer with that structure would limit player costs to 54 percent of league revenues.

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