Talks set to resume Tuesday

Updated: October 2, 2012, 12:30 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NHL labor talks will resume Tuesday morning, with both sides still focusing on secondary matters and not the core economic issues that continue to divide owners and players in a league-imposed lockout entering its third week.

The NHL confirmed Monday that talks were set to resume in New York.

While face-to-face talks are scheduled for Tuesday, the two sides were expected to hold a conference call Monday night to discuss pension issues, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang.

Negotiators for the league and NHL Players' Association are expected to pick up Tuesday where they left off after Sunday, when they completed three straight days of discussions. The talks focused on secondary issues, such as what should define hockey-related revenue, as well as player health and safety.

Although both sides have made progress during the latest series of discussions, they've failed to make much of a dent in determining how to split up more than $3 billion in league revenues between owners and players.

No further talks are currently scheduled beyond Tuesday.

The NHL locked out the players after the collective bargaining agreement expired Sept. 15 and has since canceled its entire preseason schedule. The next step is expected to come this week, when the NHL is anticipated to announce the postponement of the start of the regular season, which was scheduled to open Oct. 11.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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