Some optimism has returned to the NHL collective bargaining negotiations after talks between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA general counsel Steve Fehr went long into Saturday night. The two men met at an undisclosed location on Saturday afternoon and talked until 1 a.m. ET.
Daly revealed to TSN on Sunday morning that more meetings are planned for this week:
"We had a series of meetings yesterday (Saturday) and exchanged views on the most important issues separating us," wrote Daly in an email to TSN on Sunday morning."We plan to meet again sometime early this week.''
Fehr agreed with Daly's assessment of the bargaining session in a release sent out later Sunday morning:
"Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress," said Fehr.
Fehr and the NHLPA negotiating committee held a conference call on Sunday afternoon to discuss the state of the talks, and will convene for another call on Monday afternoon.
Both sides are likely feeling pressure to make a deal soon, as time is running out before the full season must be canceled. Already 327 games have been canceled, including the 2013 Winter Classic on New Year's Day. The NHL has said that a full season is out of the question at this point.