Labor talks to resume with renewed hopes of saving season

Thu Dec 6, 2012 1:13pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Hockey League (NHL) and union representing its locked-out players were expected to resume talks on Thursday aimed at salvaging the season.

Neither side was able to confirm exactly when they would reconvene but the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) indicated talks would resume after the union held its own internal meeting at a midtown Manhattan hotel.

The latest news came after a small group of NHL owners and players spent two consecutive days behind closed doors without key negotiators in the room trying to end a bitter labor dispute that has delayed the start of the season.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told reporters late on Wednesday that the marathon talks were generally positive but work still had to be done to end the nearly three-month lockout.

"We obviously had a number of meetings today over many hours," said Daly. "(We) had good, candid dialogue on a lot of issues. There continues to be some critical open issues between the two parties and we understand the union should be getting back to us on some of those issues."

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was among a select group of players who met with a handful of team owners after previous talks collapsed.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union boss Donald Fehr both agreed to take a break from the latest round of talks but were expected to rejoin later on Thursday.


Columbus Blue Jackets President John Davidson speaks to the media after exiting the NHL board of governors meeting in New York December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid