NHL, NHLPA make it a date Tuesday?

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media in New York September 13, 2012. The league and...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media in New York September 13, 2012. The league and the players collective bargaining agreement ends at midnight on Saturday. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

The NHL and the NHLPA could go back to the bargaining table Tuesday.

While the league and the union are still trying to finalize the details, they are studying the possibility of resuming talks on a collective bargaining agreement in Toronto.

The players will miss their first payday Monday but will receive their escrow payments from last season in the next two weeks which will help ease the pain.

With the lockout entering Day 29, discussions broke off Thursday with little progress. If the two sides do get together it is doubtful they will discuss the core issues that need to be settled if they are to make an agreement.

It's not expected that either side will bring any new offers to the table anytime in the near future but the NHL has insisted the union needs to make the next offer to advance negotiations. They met for two days last week in New York to discuss everything but how to split the pot of $3.3 billion in revenues.

The NHL has cancelled all of its schedule up until Oct. 24. If there is no progress this week then more games could be cut from the schedule by Friday.


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