NHL, players talking about talking

The NHL and NHLPA exchanged phone calls and emails on the weekend in an effort to see when they...

The NHL and NHLPA exchanged phone calls and emails on the weekend in an effort to see when they might sit down face-to-face again. (Pictured) The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary as the NHL lockout continues. (QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association held talks Sunday to try to set up talks.

If you’re confused, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

But as the two sides try to get a collective bargaining agreement in place they exchanged phone calls and e-mails on the weekend and it looks like they could meet again Wednesday in New York. Details are expected to be worked out Monday.

After holding an unannounced meeting Friday at the NHLPA’s office in Toronto, the two sides agreed to keep in touch to see if there was any reason they could get back to the table this week to try to hammer out a new CBA.

While Friday’s meeting was characterized by both sides as an attempt to “move the process” forward, it’s believed not a lot of progress was made because the NHL still expects the NHLPA to come forward with a new proposal.

The NHL insists it won’t claw back any further on the offer it made Sept. 12 during a meeting in New York.

Union head Donald Fehr has been crafting a new offer for the league, but after a conference call with more than 60 players a week ago, the feeling was the NHLPA had gone far enough to try to get a deal done and shouldn’t give up anything further.


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