Some leaders representing the owners and players were celebrating Rosh Hashanah, which lasts until Tuesday evening, and had no meetings Monday.
Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, told a Toronto radio station that he and Steve Fehr, the NHLPA's special counsel, would talk Tuesday night and try to lay some groundwork.
Although they have not had any formal meetings since Wednesday, Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA, and Daly have been exchanging ideas each day through e-mails, a league source said.
After their informal practice, six Flyers took part in a benefit golf tournament for area children's charities that Hartnell helped put together at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill. Hartnell is a member of the NHLPA's negotiating team. Flyers players Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen, Jody Shelley, Matt Read, and Zac Rinaldo joined Hartnell on the golf course.
Some of the Flyers' coaches and general manager Paul Holmgren were scheduled to participate but were banned by the NHL, Hartnell said. Flyers employees were told they could not be at a players' golf tournament during the lockout.
"I was a little upset about it," Hartnell said. "Even though we have a labor dispute right now, there shouldn't be any dispute about helping the [#Hartnell Down] foundation."
As for negotiations with the owners, Hartnell said the players "don't want to rob them for all they're worth. . . . We just want a fair deal."
Hartnell plans to play in Finland if the lockout lingers. Jakub Voracek will play in the Czech Republic during the lockout.
"It's a lot more expensive to do business today," Daly told the Toronto radio station. "There's also a lot of other costs associated with running hockey franchises that don't get accounted for."
Orest Kindrachuk, one of a handful of former Flyers who participated in the golf tourney, said both sides should simplify things and accept a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue. In their last proposal, the owners offered the players 49 percent during the first year of the new CBA, with the revenue dropping to 47 percent later in the pact. The players want about 53 to 54 percent.
"Why not just say, 'Hey guys, let's go 50-50 and see how this works for the next five years?' " Kindrachuk said. "It would really be nice to see guys get together and say, 'What is better for the game?' . . . And sitting out is not."
Former Flyers goalie Bernie Parent was asked whether the players ever came close to a strike when he played.
"How can you when the tickets were $9.50 for the Finals?" he said. "What are you going to do? Bring it up to $10?"
During his era, Parent said, the top players earned about $250,000. (By comparison, 25 players were scheduled to make $7 million to $14 million this season.) Parent said he made $18,000 as a rookie with the Boston Bruins in 1965.
"Today, the boys use this to buy dinner," he said.
Ticket update. The Flyers told season-ticket holders they can receive 2 percent interest on their payments, or they can receive monthly refunds for the amount of games canceled each month. By comparison, the Minnesota Wild are offering season-ticket holders 10 percent interest if they keep their accounts full during the lockout and do not request refunds.
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