NEW YORK (AP) - Talks between the NHL and its players' association resumed at the league offices, a day after Commissioner Gary Bettman issued a second proposal with the hopes of securing a new collective bargaining agreement.

The players will likely either reject Bettman's latest offering, or issue a counterproposal sometime this week, yet neither happened on Wednesday as the two sides broke for the day in the late afternoon.

Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director, said the counterproposal could come on Thursday.

The current CBA expires Sept. 15 and the league has said it will lock the players out if a new agreement isn't in place by then.

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