NHL Labour Talks to Resume Friday
The NHL and NHL Players' Association plan to return to the bargaining table Friday.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players' Association special counsel Steve Fehr had a meeting today in Toronto.
They have scheduled a formal bargaining session for the end of the week.
A location for the talks has yet to be determined.
It will be the first formal negotiation session for the sides since Sept. 12, when the players and owners exchanged proposals.
Neither of those offers gained much traction and the lockout started at midnight on Sept. 15.
Newstalk 1010 sports editor Mike Toth says don't get too optimistic, but this is a good sign.
"Talking is the key," Toth says. "As long as they're at the bargaining table doing some talking, there's always a chance that, who knows, there may be some hockey before too long."
Toth points out that it took three months for talks to resume at the start of the 2004 lockout. This time, it took only two weeks.
(with files from The Canadian Press)