The NHL and the NHL Players' Association sat down around a table in New York City Friday afternoon for the first of what could be many sessions of collective bargaining. The current agreement between the two parties expires on Sept. 15 and the 2012-13 season is in jeopardy as long as a new deal isn't in place.
The first day of meetings was more procedural than productive, as should be expected in such a complicated process.
"Members of our league office staff and several of our owners met today with the NHLPA and various members of the players' negotiating committee at the league office in New York," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. "The meeting was very cordial and we hope it was constructive."
According to Daly, the two sides discussed follow-up steps after the meeting and have confirmed plans for future meetings. The details of those plans were not released.