With time running out on NHL contract negotiations, league owners have made an offer to break the impasse with the players' union, a source close to the talks said last night in Toronto.
With the clock ticking toward a player-imposed strike deadline of noon Monday, and league officials prepared to walk away from the table after tonight, the owners again put forward a proposal to extend the regular season to 84 games as a method of financing what the players seek, the source said.
The talks broke up early this morning and were scheduled to resume at 9 a.m.
NHL Players Association head Bob Goodenow said free agency and other issues were discussed.
During the day there were negative words from various owners.
Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, for example, made his first appearance at the talks yesterday and said he didn't fear a strike.