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The two sides remain far apart on key economic issues.

The NHL believes too much money is being paid in salaries and has proposed a system to address it. Its most recent offer called for the players’ share in revenue to be set at 49 percent next season _ down from 57 percent in the deal that expired last weekend _ and proposed that it drops to 47 percent by the end of the six-year deal.

The union tabled an offer in which the salary cap would be set to fixed increases of 2 percent, 4 percent and 6 percent over the next three years. The system would then revert to a percentage-based system for the final two years.

“Everybody wants to play,” Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said Friday night at the Toronto-Tampa Bay baseball game “Everybody wants to get going. There’s goodwill on both sides. I’m sure they’ll find a way, and hopefully it’s quick. I have faith the players and owners, that they’ll find a way. … I’d be a liar to say that I’m not afraid. I’m staying very positive.”