Daly said the NHL is always willing to listen if the players have something meaningful to say.
‘‘We’re never going to shut down the process,’’ he said. ‘‘If they think there is a reason to meet and we can make progress, we’re happy to meet. That’s what we told them and that’s what led to today’s meeting.’’
It was the first bargaining session since Nov. 11, when a busy week of negotiating wrapped up without results. All games through Nov. 30 and the New Year’s Day Winter Classic have been called off. More games — including the All-Star game in Columbus, Ohio — could soon be axed, too.
One area in which the NHL hasn’t budged is in the area of guaranteed money to players. The league wants a percentage split of actual hockey-related revenue instead of a promised dollar amount to players based on projections of how the game will grow.
‘‘If their proposal continues to be a guaranteed amount of player-share dollars, we have told them that that is not a proposal that is acceptable to us or would ever to be acceptable to our owners right now,’’ Daly said. ‘‘If that continues to be where we are, we are a long way apart.’’