NHL Lockout 2012: NHLPA, league reps will meet Monday night

Bruce Bennett

A small group of representatives, from both sides of the dispute, are expected to meet despite commissioner Gary Bettman's suggestion of a moratorium on talks.

Despite NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggesting that the NHL and NHLPA take a two-week break from negotiations regarding the league's ongoing lockout, the two sides are expected to meet on Monday night, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

The meeting is expected to be a small group of representatives, but both players and owners should be in attendance, according to the report. Bettman suggested a two-week moratorium on talks last Thursday after negotiations had seemingly stalled as the lockout reached its ninth week.

Negotiations are deadlocked on the share of league revenue distributed to players, as well as other player contract rights within the league's collective bargaining agreement. The league has already lost 327 regular season games, including the popular Winter Classic, and faces the potential loss of the NHL All-Star Game if the lockout continues.

The league's most recent lockout, during the 2004-05 season, led to a cancellation of the entire season. If an agreement is not reached by early next year, it is likely the league will lose its second full season in less than a decade.

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