NHL lockout talks back on

Gary Bettman speaks to the media at a press conference. (QMI Agency/STAN BEHAL)

Gary Bettman speaks to the media at a press conference. (QMI Agency/STAN BEHAL)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

The moratorium may not last long.

The NHL and the NHL Players' Association will return to the bargaining table Monday in New York.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr held informal talks and scheduled a return to the table after weekend discussions. Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will likely attend.

"We can confirm that we have tentatively agreed to get back together on Monday, either late in the afternoon or early evening," Daly said. "The meeting was requested by the Union and it's their agenda. We will see what they have to tell us."

Daly said an email to the QMI Agency Saturday he had "no idea" if the union was going to bring a new proposal after they rejected an offer to go to 50-50 last month.

A return to the table is a bit of a surprise after Bettman suggested the two sides take two weeks off because Fehr wasn't sure how either side would be able to move the process forward. Fehr said on Friday he didn't think a two week break was needed and wanted to get back to the table.

The details of the meeting likely won't be finalized until Sunday but the union had been asking for talks to resume in Toronto. It's believed since the NHLPA wants the session the league wants the union to come to them.

Owners and players are both expected to attend.

There haven't been any discussions since the two sides broke off talks last Sunday in New York after an hour when neither NHL or the NHLPA were willing to budge off their positions. The lockout will hit Day 64 Sunday.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @sungarrioch


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