The NHL and the NHLPA will return to the bargaining table on Friday in New York, which will be the first negotiations since Sept. 12 and will focus on non-core economic issues.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters in Toronto on Tuesday that the league is looking for some movement from the NHLPA because the league tabled the most recent offer.
“Obviously, we’ve got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it’s important to get the talks going again,” Daly told The Canadian Press. “But you also have to have something to say. I think it’s fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players’ association in a meaningful way because I don’t think that they’ve really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago now.”
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If you’re in need of a hockey fix, RDS will televise a 1972 Summit Series special Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and TSN will be showing Game 8 of the Summit Series on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
For live hockey action, the first game in Le Tournee des Joueurs, a series of exhibition games with locked-out NHLers being organized by Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chateauguay’s Centre Multisports. Canadiens expected to take part in the game include Brian Gionta, David Desharnais, Josh Gorges, Colby Armstrong and possibly Carey Price. Tickets cost $20.
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