NHL talks resume
NEW YORK—The NHL and the players’ association resumed negotiations this afternoon—the third-straight day the sides are meeting in an effort to end the lockout.
This is the 54th day of the lockout, and this week is considered critical for the hockey season to be saved.
Little information about the talks has been disclosed by either side.
“The National Hockey League’s negotiating committee met with representatives of the National Hockey League Players’ Association for approximately five-and-a-half hours,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement last night.
“We do not intend to comment on the substance or subject matter of today’s negotiations,” he added.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr also said very little after the sides wrapped up the latest round of talks.
“The NHLPA and the NHL met to discuss many of the key issues,” Fehr wrote in his statement.
“We look forward to resuming talks (Thursday).”
Those issues include revenue-sharing between teams and the “make-whole” provision, which involves the payment of player contracts that already are in effect.
The lockout began Sept. 16 after the collective bargaining agreement expired.
It has forced the cancellation of 327 regular-season games, including the New Year’s Day Winter Classic in Michigan.
Whether any of the games that have been called off through Nov. 30 can be rescheduled if an agreement is made soon hasn’t been determined.
But the NHL already has said a full 82-game season won’t be played.