For too long this fall, NHL and NHLPA negotiations have been brief and unproductive, with bitter words dominating the situation.
But on Tuesday, the two sides met for a lengthy session and they plan to keep talking.
The NHL and NHLPA met for about seven hours on Tuesday at an undisclosed location in New York City, as they try to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. On the surface, it was a positive that the two sides talked for as long as they did. Their last negotiation chat back in mid-October was all too brief, with both sides leaving frustrated and venting to the media.
On Tuesday there was no such post-meeting airing of grievances. Neither the NHL nor NHLPA had media availability following Tuesdays talks, which began around 3 p.m. and ended around 10 p.m. EST. There was merely a statement from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly that the two sides will keep talking.
Collective bargaining negotiations between the National Hockey League and representatives of the National Hockey League's Players' Association recessed tonight at 10:15 pm, Daly said in the statement. With meetings scheduled to resume Wednesday, the League will not characterize the substance or detail of the discussions until their conclusion.
The two sides are finally getting into lengthy talks with each other and keeping the details quiet. It doesnt signify done deal. But its definitely a positive.