Owners Craig Leipold (Minnesota), Murray Edwards (Calgary), Jeremy Jacobs (Boston), and Ted Leonsis (Washington) are on the league’s negotiating committee, along with Toronto general manager Brian Burke.
Limiting the personnel at the bargaining table in the hope of making progress, only Fehr and his top assistant, Steve Fehr, met with Bettman and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly when the second proposal was issued Tuesday.
Traditionally, several players have joined in on the talks, though many returned on Wednesday.
In fact, the Fehrs were accompanied by NHLPA special consultant Mathieu Schneider, as well as Mike Komisarek (Toronto), Douglas Murray (San Jose), George Parros (Florida), Chris Phillips (Ottawa), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles), Craig Adams (Pittsburgh), Nick Bonino (Anaheim), B.J. Crombeen (Tampa Bay), Alex Goligoski (Dallas) and Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg).
Hockey-related revenue is the figure used to calculate the salary cap, with players receiving 57 percent, and the NHL has proposed changes that would lessen the total pot available.
‘‘What we’re trying to do with the definition of changes is better reflect the reality,’’ Bettman said.
Fehr said the changes have served to complicate negotiations.
The proposal the league tabled Tuesday called for revenues to be split 50-50 for the final three years. However, by the union’s calculation, the actual number players would end up receiving is equivalent to 46 percent under the current system — a claim Bettman acknowledged to be ‘‘in the ballpark.’’
With the ambiguity created by the redefinition of HRR, not to mention a smaller pot of money to draw salaries from, the players are calling for the status quo.
‘‘From our side, it’s better to leave things the same because everyone understands what they mean and everyone understands what the effect is,’’ Fehr said. ‘‘It makes it much easier that way.’’