Glimmer of hope in NHL lockout talks
NEW YORK - Negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players' association went deep last night, and went well enough that the sides agreed to return to the bargaining table for more talks today.
Both sides kept details of the meeting, which lasted over seven hours, close to the vest. That also could be taken as an optimistic sign that the second round of talks in four days went well.
Today is Day 53 of the NHL lockout.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr (FEER) were there, as they were for a marathon session by themselves Saturday. They were joined by Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, a handful of team owners, and 13 players including Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby has been an active participant in the process.