After a day of working separately with a federal mediator, the NHL and NHLPA are finally back in the same room together. With mediation, of course.
The league and players association got together in New York City on Saturday, a day after the two sides talked separately with federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh for more than 13 hours on Friday. Reports out of New York say that there's optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement could be coming soon.
But there's always a catch. Keep in mind that players once again are voting to give the NHLPA's executive board the power to file a disclaimer of interest and dissolve the union.
That vote wrapped up at 6 p.m. ET., and it's expected that players vote to approve again.
Stay tuned, folks.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Jonathan Marchessault scored his first career hat trick, James Reimer stopped 25 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Florida Panthers routed the Chicago Blackhawks 7-0 on Saturday night.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists, and Aleksander Barkov added a goal and two assists for Florida. Reilly Smith and Nick Bjugstad also scored to give the Panthers their largest margin of victory since an 8-0 win over Toronto on Feb. 5, 2008.
Marchessault had two goals in a 3-1 win over Arizona on Thursday. He has nine goals over his last nine games and leads the Panthers with 28.
Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots for the Blackhawks before being lifted at 4:59 of the third for Scott Darling, who allowed three goals on six shots.
Already leading 3-0, the Panthers poured in four goals in the third.