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Posted: Monday October 1, 2012 1:27PM ; Updated: Monday October 1, 2012 6:39PM

NHL CBA talks resuming Tuesday

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The talks will be an extension of last weekend's sessions in New York

Both sides will continue to discuss non-core economic issues such as safety

Two U.S. Senators from New Jersey wrote a letter calling for an end to the lockout

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NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says core issue talks will resume when the players are willing to negotiate off the owners' proposal.
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NHL CBA Talks 2012
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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 on Monday that talks were set to resume in New York.

Negotiators for the league and NHL Players' Association are expected to pick up 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.

Though 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 on 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 on Oct. 11.

HACKEL: Small progress over weekend

The NHL dispute is now attracting the attention of two New Jersey senators, who are urging both sides to settle.

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez sent a letter Monday to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr urging them to consider the economic impact on their state if the dispute is not resolved.

The Democrats wrote that Congress has jurisdiction over interstate commerce, which includes professional sports, and will be keeping a "close eye" on negotiations.

The letter warned that the absence of New Jersey Devils' games in Newark could mean millions of dollars in lost economic activity and jobs in especially tough economic times. The Devils advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, creating a financial boost to the city just five months ago.

The lockout comes on the heels of the NBA's Nets moving from Newark to Brooklyn, N.Y.

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