The National Hockey League presented its players association with a new proposal late Thursday in an attempt to end the lockout, league officials said Friday afternoon.
As the work stoppage stretched into its 104th day Friday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement that they want the players back on the ice "as soon as possible."
"We are hopeful that once the Union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players," Daly said in a statement posted to NHL.com.
The two sides have not met in the same room since Dec. 13, when federal mediators worked with both sides to try to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. They have not spoken since a holding a conference call the next day.
In total, 625 games have been lost due to the lockout thus far in 2012-13.