The NHL ended 2012 still in lockout mode, but negotiations between the league and the players association were expected to continue Tuesday.

After the sides met Monday in New York, commissioner Gary @Bettman affirmed Jan. 19 as the start for a schedule of no fewer than 48 games if a collective bargaining agreement can be reached in time.

A delegation of players and NHLPA executives went to the league's Manhattan offices with their response to a 286-page proposal the NHL made Thursday. Bettman called the union's response "a comprehensive one" and said NHL negotiators would analyze it Monday evening.

"We're anticipating getting back together" on Tuesday, Bettman said. "This was an opportunity for the players association to highlight the areas that they thought we should focus on based on their response, and that's something that we've now got to look at closely."

Executive director Donald Fehr said the union had made some movement toward the league's position but did not specify the nature of that movement. He declined to say if he believes the sides found more common ground Monday.

"The purpose of the discussion was for us to respond and for them to ask a couple of questions and for us to explain a number of points we made," Fehr said.


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  • Former Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell signed with the San Francisco Bulls and is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday when the ECHL team faces the Colorado Eagles at the Cow Palace. "I was getting the itch to play, so I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to come out," he said. Mitchell said he stayed in touch with former teammate Ryane Clowe, who has been coaching the Bulls, and that prompted the decision to sign. Mitchell, 27, signed a three-year, $5.7 million free agent deal with the Minnesota Wild in July. He had nine goals and 10 assists for the Sharks last season.

    Miscellany

    Former A.L. MVP Miguel Tejada, 38, reached a minor league deal with Kansas City. He got a one-year contract worth $1.1 million if he makes the major leagues. The six-time All-Star infielder last played in the majors in 2011 with the Giants, hitting .239 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 91 games. "I'm very pleased with this," he said. The former A's shortstop is playing in the Dominican Republic Winter League.

  • Caroline Wozniacki's first trip to the Brisbane (Australia) International ended in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) loss to Ksenia Pervak. She quickly followed up by dismissing speculation about an engagement to golf No. 1 Rory McIlroy. He was at Pat Rafter Arena, and Wozniacki was photographed with a new ring on her left hand. "It was a Christmas present, and all of a sudden I hear I'm engaged. But I'm not." Also, Maria Sharapova withdrew before her opening match after feeling pain in her right collarbone during practice.

  • The United States routed Slovakia 9-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the world junior hockey championships in Ufa, Russia. The U.S. plays the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

  • ESPN anchor Hannah Storm will return to the air on New Year's Day, three weeks after she was seriously burned in a propane gas grill accident at her home in Connecticut. Storm will host ABC's telecast of the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Tuesday.

    Staff writer David Pollak and The Associated Press contributed to this report.